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East Tennessee State University

Master of Professional Studies, M.P.S. (TN eCampus)

Master of Professional Studies

M.P.S., Strategic Leadership Concentration (TN eCampus, formerly R.O.D.P.)

Master of Professional Studies, Strategic Leadership Concentration

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

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.



Program of Study

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 is collaborative effort offered cooperatively by all Tennessee Board of Regents universities through the TN eCampus.

Program information including curriculum and requirements for graduation can be found in the ETSU Graduate Catalog Entry for the MPS, Training and Development Concentration.



Admissions Requirements

Requirements for unconditional admission:

Admission requirements for School of Graduate Studies.

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 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 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.


Tuition, Fee, and Financial Assistance


ETSU Tuition and Fees

ETSU eRate (for out-of-state students taking ALL course work online in any semester)

Border County Information: Students in North Carolina and Virginia living in counties bordering Tennessee may receive in-state tuition. For more detailed tuition information based on your specific situation, please contact the ETSU Office of Admissions.

Student accounts, payment calendars, and payment plan information

ETSU Bursar Office

(423) 439-4212

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Step by Step Guide

Types of Aid

(423) 439-4300


Scholarship Information

(423) 439-7094


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