Graduate Programs

Master’s Degree

in Professional Studies

Master’s in Professional Studies (MPS)

This Master’s Degree program provides a high quality, affordable and accessible graduate program for qualified students whose opportunities for seeking appropriate level employment, career advancement, and personal and professional enrichment will be enhanced by a Master’s in Professional Studies in Organizational Leadership. The MPS in a 30 credit hour program with structure and curricular design emphasize learning directly relevant to professional employment. The Masters in Professional Studies in Organizational Leadership focuses on various for-profit and non-profit professional fields. 

Flexible Schedule

The Masters of Professional Studies can be completed in as little as 14 months if the student aims to complete the program in a short amount of time with a mix of face-to-face and online courses.  Students with a large amount of responsibilities (work, family, etc) outside of coursework can take fewer classes to meet their individual academic needs.

Program Objectives

Graduates of the MPS – OL program, will be able to…

  1. Employ advanced oral and written communications skills based on critical reasoning, principles of rhetoric and refined written composition.
  2. Apply an ethical decision-making model to complex professional situations.
  3. Competently provide personnel motivation, conflict resolution and facilitation of team building.
  4. Engage in ethical applied research in order to organize and interpret data for the sake of evidence-based decision making, problem solving and planning.
  5. Apply background knowledge of the history of leadership in order to adapt effective leadership styles to various situations.
  6. Execute essential leadership operations with knowledgeable competence.
  7. Develop and lead high-impact, results-focused change initiatives.
  8. Apply various legal parameters which are relevant to for-profit and non-profit organizations.


Core Courses (required)

  • MPS 500 – Rhetoric, Reasoning and Communication
  • MPS 501 – Professionalism in Ethics in the Digital Age
  • MPS 502 – Organizational Dynamics
  • MPS 503 – Methods of Applied Research

Organizational Leadership Areas of Emphasis Courses (required)

  • MPS 504 – History of Modern Leadership
  • MPS 505 – Essentials of Leadership Operations   
  • MPS 506 – Legal Environments of Organizational Leadership                                       
  • MPS 507 – Applied Research Project (Must have completed MPS 503)

Electives (any 2 required)

  • MPS 508 – Leading Organizational Change, Creativity and Diversity in a Global Economy
  • MPS 509 – Organizational Risk Assessment and Decision-Making                                
  • MPS 510 – Understanding Leadership through Biography
  • MPS 511 – Current Issues in Leadership
  • MPS 578 – Special Topics in Professional Studies

MPS OL Printable Degree Plan

Your Future in Business

Percent Change in Employment 2028

Financial ManagersFinancial Managers16%

Operations Specialties Mgmt.Operations Specialties Mgmt.10%

All OccupationsAll Occupations5%

Employment of financial managers is projected to grow 16 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. However, growth will vary by industry.



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