Master of Professional Studies, M.P.S., Training and Development Concentration (R.O.D.P.)

ETSU Online MPS Training and Development

Master of Professional Studies,
M.P.S., Training and Development Concentration (R.O.D.P.)

Accredited, online Master’s Degree program designed for working adults who wish to pursue graduate-level professional studies combining two or more disciplines.

Training and Development Concentration Program Overview

The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) is an online interdisciplinary graduate degree program in the social sciences and the professions. The 33-hour MPS program is designed for working adults who wish to pursue graduate professional studies that combine two or more disciplines. Because the MPS students’ academic needs and interests are multidisciplinary, they generally are not served by traditional professional programs. The MPS allows for the development of professionally oriented programs that respond to the dynamic needs of students working in or preparing for rapidly changing professional environments and expectations. In this program of interdisciplinary graduate studies, students make connections between various professional fields and traditional social science disciplines. For the purposes of the MPS program, profession is defined broadly, not limiting profession to traditional areas such as law and medicine. Professionals who might be served by the MPS program include individuals working in commerce, information technology, mass media, government, social services, health care, and education. The MPS is a Regents Online Degree Program (RODP) offered cooperatively by all Tennessee Board of Regents universities.


Requirements for unconditional admission:

An undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited college or university. An acceptable score on the GRE, generally at least 400 verbal, 500 quantitative, and a 4.0 on analytical writing or the equivalent scores on the revised GRE (after August 1, 2011). Applicants with five or more years of professional work experience may submit a portfolio in lieu of the GRE. The portfolio is to include (a) a resume; (b) 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 (c) two sealed letters of professional reference. Other items that an applicant may include in the portfolio are a description of professional responsibilities, professional achievements and professional awards and recognitions. The admission decision will be based on the entire academic and professional record. All portfolio materials should be submitted in one package to the School of Graduate Studies, Box 70720, Johnson City, TN 37614.

Requirements for conditional admission: Applicants who do not meet the requirements for unconditional admission might be admitted conditionally if their entire academic and professional records indicate potential for success in the program. Conditions may include, but are not limited to, taking prerequisite undergraduate courses, enrolling in specified graduate-level courses, and achieving a specified grade point average.

Your Professional Studies, M.P.S., (Training and Development Concentration) Program

A minimum of 33 credit hours is required. Students must complete nine hours of a common core, complete a concentration of 21 hours which must include a second research class, and complete the Culminating Professional Project for three hours. The MPS core consists of the following courses:

  • PRST 5100 - Professional Environment: Issues and Ethics (3 credits)
  • PRST 5200 - Globalization and the Professions (3 credits)
  • PRST 5300 - Research Methods (3 credits)

Strategic Leadership Concentration Strategic Leadership concentration students will complete seven of the following courses, including at least one course from each of the five subject areas:

Leadership Theory

  • PRST 5500 - Foundations of Leadership (3 credits)
  • LDSP 5000 - Current Issues and Cases in Leadership (3 credits)
  • ELPA 5560 - Small Group Leadership (3 credits)

Research/Data Analysis

  • PRST 5770 - Computer-Based Decision Model (3 credits)
  • PRST 5600 - Statistical Analysis (3 credits)

Organizational Structure and Change

  • PRST 5310 - Leadership in Organization (3 credits)
  • PRST 5800 - Organizational Skills and Development (3 credits)


  • COMM 5110 - Leadership and Communication (3 credits)
  • JOUR 5450 - Public Relations Management (3 credits)
  • PRST 5700 - Conflict Management and Negotiation (3 credits)

Strategic Planning and Assessment

  • PRST 5040 - Human Resources Management (3 credits)
  • PRST 5105 - Project Planning and Scheduling (3 credits)

Culminating Professional Project

  • PRST 5998 - Professional Project (3 credits)
  • PUBR 5320 - Public Relations Case Studies (3 credits)

Total Required Coursework: 33 Credit Hours

Source: ETSU 2014 - 2015 Graduate Catalog
Professional Studies, M.P.S. Strategic Leadership Concentration


R.O.D.P. Graduate Tuition*:

  • $527 per credit hour for in-state students
  • $738 per credit hour for eRate for out-of-state students

Most courses are three credit hours. Full-time student status is 12 or more credits per semester.

*Tuition cost reflected here includes 2014 - 2015 R.O.D.P tuition and online fees only. Some courses and programs may have additional fees (e.g. studio fees for art courses). More information can be found on the University Tuition and Fee Information and the Incidental Fee pages.


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