Master of Professional Studies
Effective 10/7/2020, the Master of Professional Studies program will suspend new applications.
Concentrations in Strategic Leadership or Training and Development; both 100% online.
The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) is a 33 credit, online interdisciplinary graduate degree designed for working adults who wish to pursue graduate studies that combine two or more disciplines in the professions and the social sciences. Because MPS students’ academic needs and interests are varied, they often are not well served by traditional professional programs. For the purposes of the MPS program profession is defined broadly, rather than limited to traditional areas such as law, medicine, or business.
The MPS degree allows students to develop individualized programs of study that make connections between various professional fields and traditional social science disciplines, and respond to the dynamic needs of rapidly changing professional environments. Professionals who might be served by the MPS program include those working in commerce, information technology, mass media, government, social services, health care, and/or education. The MPS is a TN eCampus degree program offered cooperatively by ETSU and other Tennessee higher education institutions.
Concentrations: Click in icon below to see admission requirements,
degree requirements, and additional information.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are all of the courses offered online?
Yes. However, if you would like to take an on-campus course you may work with your advisor to select suitable on-campus courses.
Will I ever be required to come to campus?
Yes. Students are required to come to campus to present their final projects.
How much does it cost to take MPS courses?
The cost of graduate courses varies depending on the student's residency status and the term of enrollment. Use the tuition estimator for information about the cost of the program. Also, ETSU has an eRate for out-of-state students who are taking all of their classes online. Our ETSU eRate page can provide more information about this new program; visit that page here.
For additional information contact theMPS Coordinator,
Dr. Julie Fox-Horton: firstname.lastname@example.org or 423-439-4223.
PRST 5998: Culminating Project Course Guidelines
- Project Proposal
Each student is required to submit a project proposal the semester before he/she plans to enroll in the PRST 5998: Culminating Project course.
The project proposal should answer the following questions:
Identify the topic of your Professional Project and explain the purpose of the project. What are the research questions you are trying to answer or the problems you are trying to address through your project?
Explain the reasoning process by which you selected the topic. Why did you select this topic for your project?
Explain how the topic of your Professional Project is related to your MPS Program of Study, including an explanation of how the project makes use of the knowledge you gained from your MPS courses. The Professional Project should be the logical culmination of what you have studied in the MPS program.
- Proposal Due Dates
Varies based on semester.
Semester of Enrollment // Due Date of Proposal
Fall // July 15
Spring // November 15
Summer // April 15
- Refine the Project
After the propsal is received, a meeting will be scheduled with MPS faculty/staff to refine the project.
Projects consist of three elements:
A literature review that informs the project.
The project itself.
A presentation of the project. This presentation is the only element of the program that requires students to come to campus.