Nov 26, 2022  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog

Professional Studies Program Information

The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) is designed to affordably and flexibly meet the needs of working adults who are not generally served by traditional methods. This unique program is taught by professors who are best suited to help you develop the skills necessary to excel in your career field and this program is offered completely online and available 24/7.

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The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) – This graduate professional studies degree consists of 30 hours of interdisciplinary coursework. This degree is available in several concentration areas and offers students the chance to complete a graduate certificate within each of the concentration areas: Healthcare Administration—provides the healthcare professional with leadership and strategic management tools to lead and serve one of the nation’s largest service industries. The focus of the program is to provide the healthcare professional with the opportunity to develop important skills in healthcare, leadership, finance, informatics, research and administration in the various components of healthcare delivery systems that include hospitals, nursing homes, group medical practices, personal care homes, retirement centers, health maintenance organizations, medical sales, and insurance companies. A graduate certificate is available in Healthcare Informatics for the Healthcare Administration students.

Human Resources Leadership — prepares you for a leadership role in the area of human resources. The interdisciplinary approach is appropriate because of the many skills and knowledge areas that are needed for success in this field.

Public Safety — provides the public safety professional with leadership and strategic management tools to lead and serve in one of the nations growing professions.

Strategic Leadership — prepares you to lead in today’s rapidly changing professional environment. The interdisciplinary approach focuses on the areas of leadership, communication, strategic planning and assessment, organizational structure and research/data analysis.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) prepares you to meet an ongoing demand for both initial preparation and continuing education for individuals who plan to teach or a currently teaching English as a second/foreign language in various educational settings.

Training and Development — equips leaders for the growing and evolving field of workplace learning and performance. The program will prepare you to manage, deliver and assess on-site performance-based training, instructional design, and address the needs of human resource managers and other professionals who are increasingly relying on technology to deliver workforce education.

Corporate Communication prepares you to excel in the fast-paced professional environment that surrounds the communication field. This program strengthens the corporate leader in developing organizational and interpersonal communication skills and leadership skills.

Media and Strategic Communication prepares you to lead in the exciting field are of media and communication. The professional will acquire skills in the area of event planning and promotion, public relations, marketing, and other key communication areas.

In addition, the MPS program offers a 15 hour Graduate Certificate within each concentration area allowing students to achieve an additional milestone en route to their degree.

Admission Requirements

For Full Standing

The minimum admission requirements are:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  2. Satisfactory undergraduate grade point average, a minimum of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale

And, applicants must meet one of the following conditions:

  1. 3.0 grade point average in their undergraduate major course of study
  2. A score of 146 on the verbal portion of the GRE® General Test (GRE) and 144 quantitative portion.
  3. A combined score of 290 on the verbal and quantitative reasoning sections and a 3.5 on analytical writing.
  4. Five (5) or more years of professional work experience demonstrated through a portfolio. The portfolio is to include:
    • a resume;
    • a 500- to 600-word essay detailing the reasons for wanting to enter the MPS program and discussing how the program will help the applicant achieve personal and professional goals; and
    • two (2) sealed letters of professional reference.
    • Other items that an applicant may include in the portfolio include a description of professional responsibilities, professional achievements and professional awards/recognition’s. The portfolio material must be submitted as a packet, not mailed separately.

International students must meet English language proficiency requirements by providing a TOEFL score. Minimum IBT of 71 or an approved equivalent exam and equivalent scores. International applicants with an IBT below 79 must complete 6 hours of grammar/reading/communication course work. The 6 hours are in addition to the 30 hours required for the Master’s degree.

Satisfying minimal standards, however, does not guarantee your admission. Admission decisions are based on departmental review, using a combination of factors including an interview to evaluate dispositions for professionals in the chosen concentration.

Students may be admitted with provisional status if they do not meet all of the criteria above but do meet the minimum requirements of the graduate school and are approved for provisional status by the departmental admissions committee. Provisional status will limit students to a maximum of 9 hours before the departmental admissions committee makes a recommendation for full admission. To advance from provisional to full admission a student must earn a 3.0 GPA on the 9 hours of graduate study in the concentration and be approved by the departmental admissions committee.

Note: All international students who attend TTU, who are enrolled on the Department of Homeland Securities F-1 or J-1 visa status must complete all midterm and final exams in a proctored setting on the Tennessee Tech University campus in Cookeville, TN.

MPS Fast-track Program Admissions

The MPS Fast-track program will allow eligible undergraduates to enroll for up to six (6) hours of graduate courses prior to formal admission to the MPS program. The courses will be taken during the student’s junior/senior year and can be used to satisfy both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. Participation does not change requirements for either the undergraduate or graduate programs of study. The MPS Fast-track program applies to all MPS concentrations.

Once admitted to the MPS Fast-track program, the student will be allowed to enroll in appropriate graduate courses in the junior or senior year with the consent of the student’s undergraduate advisor and the Director of the MPS program. Courses completed at the Graduate Level are only guaranteed to apply to the completion of the MPS graduate degree program. The student must earn a minimum grade of “B” in the graduate courses in order to apply them to the MPS program of study and to continue in the Fast-track program. The MPS Fast-track program is open to all undergraduate majors whom meet the following admissions requirements:

  • Fast-track applicant must be earning a baccalaureate degree at TTU and completed at least 90 hours of credit;
  • Overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better;
  • GPA of 3.25 in undergraduate major;
  • Recommendation from the student’s undergraduate advisor

Note: in addition to the requirements for admission to the MPS Fast-track program, all requirements for admission to the graduate program must also be met upon graduation. Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the graduate program.

Full Time Status Defined for Accelerated Courses

For a graduate student to be considered full-time they must be enrolled in nine credit hours for the semester (excluding Graduate Assistants who may enroll in 6 hours). The Public Safety program includes an accelerated course schedule with classes available in five and seven week formats, thus the combination of the accelerated courses over the entire semester should equal nine credit hours for a student to be considered full-time.

Graduate Certificates

Students seeking a Graduate Certificate will go through the graduate application process as if they were seeking an MPS degree, meeting all admissions requirements as set forth in the degree program. Once admitted, students are considered MPS degree seeking students and will be working towards completing the pre-defined coursework (15 hours) as listed in this catalog. Upon completion of the 15 hours defined in the program, the student will receive a Graduate Certificate in the appropriate field of study. After completion of the 15 hour Graduate Certificate, the student may continue to fulfill the requirements of the MPS degree. Students are required to meet all graduate student requirements that include maintaining their GPA at the 3.0 level.