MPS - Master of Professional Studies

Program Description

This accelerated Master’s 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 Degree. The MPS structure and curricular design emphasize learning directly relevant to professional employment. The MPS includes Areas of Emphasis (AoE), such as Organizational Leadership (OL) and Justice Leadership (JL) that focus on various for-profit and non-profit professional fields.

 

Master of Professional Studies Areas of Emphasis

Descriptions and Coursework

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an Accredited Institution
  • 2.5 GPA

There is not a deadline for admission to the program. Courses start year-round for students looking to start right away.

Organizational Leadership

Courses and Format for MPS-Organizational Leadership:

The MPS-OL degree is 30 credit hours and can be completed within 14 months:  12 hours of Core Courses, 12 hours Area of Emphasis courses, and 6 hours Area of Emphasis Elective courses.   All of the Core courses and most of the Area of Emphasis courses will be accelerated Saturday classes at the Highlands Center. Other courses will be offered online, also in an accelerated format.  Incoming students will be allowed to transfer in up to 6 graduate credit hours if those course hours are from accredited institutions and are relevant to the specific area of emphasis. The following is a list of the MPS-OL courses for degree completion.

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

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

MPS-OL Program Objectives:

The following eight Program Objectives are arranged so that Objectives 1 – 4 pertain to the MPS Core Courses and 5 – 8 pertain to the Organizational Leadership AOE. All of these Objectives, however, are integrated into various courses throughout the MPS – OL program. 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.
Justice Leadership

Courses and Format for MPS-Justice Leadership:

The MPS-JL degree is 36 credit hours and can be completed within 14 months: 9 hours of Core Courses, 12 hours Area of Emphasis courses, and 15 hours Area of Emphasis Elective courses.  Courses will be accelerated format meeting Friday evening and Saturday classes at the Highlands Center with additional online coursework.   Incoming students will be allowed to transfer in up to 6 graduate credit hours if those course hours are from accredited institutions and are relevant to the specific area of emphasis. The following is a list of the MPS-JL courses for degree completion.

Core Courses (required)

  • MPS 500 – Rhetoric, Reasoning and Communication
  • MPS 501 – Professionalism in Ethics in the Digital Age
  • MPS 502 – Organizational Dynamics

Areas of Emphasis Courses (required)

  • MPS 512 – Administration of Criminal Justice
  • MPS 513 – Leadership in Criminal Justice                                                              
  • MPS 514 – Legal and Legislative Issues in Criminal Justice                                       
  • MPS 515 – Research Methods in Criminal Justice

Electives (any 5 required)

  • MPS 516 – Leading Organizational Change, Creativity and Diversity in a Global Economy
  • MPS 517 – Organizational Risk Assessment and Decision-Making                                
  • MPS 518 – Understanding Leadership through Biography
  • MPS 519 – Current Issues in Leadership
  • MPS 520 –  Assessment Tools and Motivational Interviewing
  • MPS 521 – Corrections and Correctional Design
  • MPS 522 – Community Relation in the Public Sector
  • MPS 523 – Interpersonal Violence
  • MPS 524 – Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention
  • MPS 525 – Computer and Data Application in Criminal Justice
  • MPS 526 – Crisis Management
  • MPS 527 – Technology and the Criminal Justice System
  • MPS 528 – Special Populations and Supervision
  • MPS 578 – Special Topics in Professional Studies

MPS JL Printable Degree Plan

Program Objectives:

The MPS-JL Program is designed for working professionals in the various fields of law enforcement and justice administration who wish to further their education in the field of Justice Leadership. Many criminal justice agencies, such as the WV State Probation Department, require graduate level education for career development and advancement. Individuals employed in such agencies, however, often have difficulty completing traditional university based programs. This Justice Leadership Program fills this need by offering a weekend program that focuses on relevant history and theory, research, ethics, and recognized best practices for leadership in the criminal justice system. It also provides a program that meets the needs of the working professionals and prepares them for continuing their advancement in the criminal justice system.

Upon completion of the MPS – JL Program, professionals will be able to:

  1. Employ an advanced understanding of traditional and emerging criminological theories;
  2. Apply critical-reasoning, problem solving and rhetorical skills necessary for effective leadership communication in various justice administration fields;
  3. Utilize research skills necessary to accomplish “best practices” research;
  4. Develop an applied understanding of the data and studies that have brought about changes in the criminal justice system and the various fields of Justice Leadership;
  5. Synthesize a comprehensive working-knowledge of the current issues and policies that are prevalent in the fields of justice administration.
  6. Make informed and well-reasoned ethical decisions within the fields of justice administration.


Flexible Schedule

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

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Career Opportunities

Those with a MPS Organizational Leadership area of emphasis can find a career in Management and Supervision in profit, non-profit, private, and government organizations and agencies.

 

 

 

 

A Master of Professional Studies with an emphasis in Justice Leadership is for those working in

  • Law Enforcement/Police Officers
  • Probation Officers
  • Juvenile Probation Officers
  • Parole Officers
  • Correctional Counselors
  • Pretrial Service Officers
  • Social Workers

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Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an Accredited Institution
  • 2.5 GPA

There is not a deadline for admission to the program. Courses start year-round for students looking to start right away.

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Financial Aid

Students seeking financial aid will need to complete a FAFSA and fill out the appropriate WLU forms. Students must be taking at least 2 courses (6 hours) per traditional semester (Fall, Spring, Summer) to qualify for financial aid.

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Cost

MPS-OL is 30 credit hours to complete the degree, MPS-JL is 36 credit hours to complete the degree. Please visit the Business Office Webpage for current in-state and out-state cost per credit hour for graduate students. 

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Faculty

MPS Faculty provide real world professional experience in their fields which they integrate into their courses.

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Additional Information

If you have any additional questions about the program please do not hesitate to contact us at the Highlands Center 304-217-2800 or use the contact form below.

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