Hodges University

Master of Professional Studies

The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree is designed to provide an advanced level of understanding in professional areas of study or for those students seeking a broad interdisciplinary approach to knowledge. Graduates of the program will be prepared for advanced positions in organizations that focus on a global environment and the ability to analyze issues through multiple lenses. Students in the program will be able to solve complex social, economic and political problems by learning how to think expansively, apply knowledge and integrate various resources. MPS graduates are required to successfully complete four professional studies core courses and select six courses from one of the professional tracks in psychology, education or an interdisciplinary track. Graduate students will integrate and apply knowledge from the professional core courses to the professional track.

On Campus and Online
The MPS Program is a multi-faceted program that can be customized to meet academic and career needs. The program is designed to be delivered online and in an accelerated format.

MPS Professionals Demonstrate Knowledge and Skills in:

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Leadership
  • Social Responsibility
  • Research
  • Written Communication
  • Tracks in Training and Education,
    Psychology, and Interdisciplinary Studies
    (The Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership can be applied to the Interdisciplinary Track.)

Why MPS?

Is an MPS Degree Right for You?

An MPS degree might be a good fit if you:

  • Want to take your baccalaureate and work experience to the next professional level
  • See the benefits of taking a global approach to solving community conflicts
  • Desire a leadership role in a social or educational services context
  • Envision a career in non-profit management

Workplace Applicability

The convenient schedule and the applicability to the workplace attract full-time working professionals who are interested in graduate education without interruption to their careers. The accelerated learning format is designed to facilitate success in a rapidly changing global work environment.

Program Mission

The mission of the Master of Professional Studies Program is to provide students with the necessary skills to integrate academic disciplines through high level interdisciplinary analysis and to enable students to integrate multidisciplinary content into their selected area of interest. To achieve its mission, the Master of Professional Studies Program supports the following principles:

  • To prepare students to assimilate, evaluate and utilize multiple areas of study in his/her chosen field.
  • To promote a commitment to continued scholarship and life-long learning among students.
  • To prepare students to assume a leadership position when conducting critical analysis and problem solving.
  • To prepare students to demonstrate the ability to conduct independent and original research.
  • To prepare students to analyze information from a global perspective.
  • To prepare students to become socially responsible leaders who work toward the betterment of their communities.

In organizations, both for-profit and not-for-profit, social responsibility drives strategy toward the accomplishment of multiple “bottom lines.” These are important outcomes such as diversity and inclusion, environmental sustainability, philanthropy, and supply chain integrity. Socially responsible organizations measure these periodically, just as accountants measure a corporation’s annual profitability.*

*Source: http://uscorporateresponsibility.org/

 

Careers

What is the MPS Career Outlook?

Many proud MPS graduates have been able to enhance careers (e.g., higher education faculty and administrator, fire-fighter, pharmaceutical sales rep, and golf pro) with the additional knowledge, skills, and attitudes fostered by the program.

The forecasted growth for all careers in Florida is 2.23%. Growth and pay related to MPS disciplines are as follows:

Job TitleAnnual GrowthSalary
Instructional Coordinators 3% $63,918
Training and Development Specialists 3% $50,170
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors 2% $48,589
Health Educators 3% $45,406
Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other 2% $41,642

Source: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. (2012). Employment Projections. Retrieved from http://www.floridajobs.org/labor-market-information/data-center/statistical-programs/employment-projections

Curriculum

What Will I Learn?

The program consists of 30 credit hours, or ten 3-credit courses, that can be completed in either 4 or 5 trimesters. Students taking classes in the accelerated format attend class one evening per week and earn six credits. This format requires extensive outside study and preparation for comprehensive in-class development of the material.

Students are required to take four professional core courses (12 credit hours) offered online or in the traditional classroom setting. These courses are offered as single classes over a 15 week semester. Students can choose one of the three professional tracks for the remaining courses or self-design an interdisciplinary track with the guidance of the Program Director. The professional tracks consist of six courses (18 credit hours) and are delivered in the accelerated format or online. Students selecting the psychology track are required to have college level work in general psychology.

Hover over the course descriptions below to view course descriptions.


Professional Studies Component


Professional Studies Core Component Semester Hour Credit
GEB5226 Research Methods

GEB5226 - Research Methods - 3 Credits

A study of the philosophy and methodology of conducting graduate research and reporting. Areas of study include primary and secondary data collection, on-line search methods, and the analysis and compilation of conclusions for decision making. A final research paper will focus on the student’s area of concentration. This course must be taken during a student’s first or second semester.

3
IDS6376 Professional Ethics, Social Responsibility and Diversity

IDS6376 - Professional Ethics, Social Responsibility and Diversity - 3 Credits

A study of the establishment and management of organizational standards for ethics, social responsibility, and cultural diversity. Case studies will augment the instruction of societal and legal requirements for responsible corporate behavior. The student is required to complete and document a community service project or field research project during the term of study.

3
IDS6410 Interpersonal Communication and Leadership

IDS6410 - Interpersonal Communication and Leadership - 3 Credits

This course centers on the connection between relationship building and leader effectiveness. Relevant issues drawn from communication theory, psychology, and sociology are explored as they relate to interpersonal leadership styles. Students also examine their own assumptions and beliefs about the impact of their communication style on others.

3
IDS6950 Professional Studies Capstone Project

IDS6950 - Professional Studies Capstone Project - 3 Credits

This course is the capstone assessment course for the Master of Professional Studies Program. It requires students to integrate knowledge gained from all program courses. Candidates will design and present a curriculum or program development project that integrates the principles, theories, and concepts of the core courses and student selected track (Education, Psychology, or Leadership).

3

Total Professional Studies Core Component
12

Students select one of the following tracks:


Education Track
EDU5000 Philosophical Foundations of Education

EDU5000 - Philosophical Foundations of Education - 3 Credits

Students investigate and reflect on the greatest educational theorists from across the centuries and around the world. The focus will be on educational/learning theory, character development and intelligence assessments, the role of society and government in education, as well the role of educators as facilitators of learning.

3
EDU5001 Instructional Models and Strategies

EDU5001 - Instructional Models and Strategies - 3 Credits

This course explores theories of group dynamics and their applications to face-to-face and virtual learning environments. Instructional methods include reading, research, teamwork, skill training, discussion, and best practice forums. The focus of this course is to learn how to apply collaborative learning techniques to facilitate the social construction of knowledge through active learning in the classroom.

3
EDU5100 Educational Technology

EDU5100 - Educational Technology - 3 Credits

This course is designed to provide instruction on how to implement technology to support teaching methodology and improve learning outcomes. It blends educational theory with skills training, and is designed to teach the technology skills necessary to support the learning activities in both face-to-face and virtual environments. Instructional methods include reading, research, teamwork, skill training, discussion, and best practice forums. The course will place a heavy emphasis on technology skill building, with students spending a majority of the time working on projects that will enhance the delivery and organization of their courses.

3
EDU6000 Cultural Diversity in Education

EDU6000 - Cultural Diversity in Education - 3 Credits

In this course, students critically evaluate education practices from the perspective of social justice, education equity and dedication to creating a multicultural educational experience. Emphasis is placed on the exploration of a learning environment in which students of all cultural and ethnic backgrounds can maximize their learning potential.

3
EDU6001 Comparative Education

EDU6001 - Comparative Education - 3 Credits

Educational delivery systems began as a “one size fits all” model. Today our educational models in both primary and secondary educational institutions range from the traditional to blended to online to home schooling. In this course, students will critically evaluate the various American educational delivery systems and review models from other countries.

3
EDU6130 Educational Leadership

EDU6130 - Educational Leadership - 3 Credits

This course is designed to assist in the development of administrative leadership skills. The focus is on the knowledge and application of leadership skills necessary in an effective educational institution. Areas covered include situational leadership, organizational climate and culture, individual and group motivation, shared decision making and team building.

3

Total Education Track
18

Psychology Track
PSY5004 Human Growth and Development

PSY5004 - Human Growth and Development - 3 Credits

The focus of this course will be on human biopsychosocial development and change through the passages of life. There will be a focus on how this information applies to assessment and counseling throughout the lifespan. The developmental needs of each stage and community resources that can support these needs will be discussed. Applications to practice with children, adolescents, adults and older adults will be emphasized.

3
PSY6201 Stress Management and Behavior

PSY6201 - Stress Management and Behavior - 3 Credits

This course is an in depth analysis of the physical, emotional and psychological effects of stress on individuals, organizations and institutions. In addition, effective management techniques for stress induced situations are extensively explored.

3
PSY6300 Psychosocial Theory and Applications

PSY6300 - Psychosocial Theory and Applications - 3 Credits

In this course, students learn to relate social conditions to mental health. Students explore how societies and individuals within those societies impact human development, both from a positive perspective and a negative perspective. Examples in history that demonstrate how powerful influences take control over a society’s perception of right and wrong will be studied. Students will learn applications that can be developed by a society to ensure a healthy and perpetual existence.

3
PSY6301 Substance Abuse Theory and Prevention Methodology

PSY6301 - Substance Abuse Theory and Prevention Methodology - 3 Credits

This course will focus on the history of substance abuse in our society, how it is defined, perceived, and accommodated. The various methods of prevention will be examined from a medical, psychological and social perspective. Student will conduct a case study using one of these methods to determine the efficacy of each.

3
PSY6302 Human Sexuality

PSY6302 - Human Sexuality - 3 Credit

This course presents an investigation of sexuality within the larger context of the human experience. Emphasis is placed on the study of human sexual development, dimensions of sexual behavior, sex education, health issues, sexually transmitted diseases, and ethical and legal aspects of sexuality.

3
PSY6303 Gender and Society

PSY6303 - Gender and Society - 3 Credits

In this course, students will review a wide variety of theoretical positions about the meaning and origins of gender and examine the role of gender in our most central social institutions: relationships, work, school, media, and culture.

3

Total Psychology Track
18

Interdisciplinary Track

Students select 6 courses from any of the graduate programs offered at the University to design a degree plan for professional or personal improvement. This plan must be developed in conjunction with a faculty advisor and students must meet the prerequisites needed to take the courses that they include in their plan. Students may opt to take more than 30 credits to complete their degree in accordance with their stated objectives.




Total Interdisciplinary Track
18

Total Semester Hours for Graduation

30

Benefits

How is Hodges MPS Program Different?

It's Customizable

The MPS Program is a multi-faceted program that can be customized to meet academic and career needs. The program is designed to be delivered online and in an accelerated format. The program consists of 30 credit hours, or ten 3-credit courses, that can be completed in either 4 or 5 trimesters. Students taking classes in the accelerated format attend class one evening per week and earn six credits. This format requires extensive outside study and preparation for comprehensive in-class development of the material. Students taking classes online may take classes in a combination format (weekend classes and online classes) or totally online.

Our Faculty

Our Interdisciplinary Studies faculty are highly experienced and qualified in a variety of career fields. Their real-world knowledge and experiences are invaluable resources for Hodges students.

Our Philosophy

At Hodges University, we believe students are more than just numbers to fill a class.  Our faculty members and staff recognize each student as an individual and are happy to provide the personal attention you need to succeed. The low student/faculty ratio means that individual students receive more attention from caring faculty members who have achieved the highest academic credentials in their fields.

More Information

For more information about our program or Hodges policies and procedures review our Student Handbook and our Current Catalog.

Tuition

What Will the Program Cost?

Hodges University tuition continues to be one of the lowest among private institutions in the state of Florida. Basic tuition for all graduate credit hour courses is $660.00 per credit hour.

Additional fees may apply. Books and supplies are not included in tuition. For a complete schedule of Tuition and Fees, see the current Catalog or Graduate Bulletin.

How Does Hodges Help?

Hodges University holds several fundraising events every year that benefit institutional scholarship funds. We also directly contribute an average of approximately two million dollars per year in loan offsetting funds to assist student's in achieving their educational goals. Remember that tuition may be reduced by scholarships and grants and financial aid is available.

"The MPS curriculum at Hodges University is a powerful experience. It allows students to become co‐ creators of their learning experience and professional development. The professors are world class, the subjects are practical and immediately usable, and the educational process is engaging and inspiring.

The opportunities afforded to this student have included: national and international lecturing, international publication, professional advancement, teaching as an adjunct professor, higher pay, and most importantly, personal enrichment." - Joseph M. Groch, PGA

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  • Give you information regarding your orientation.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Hodges family!

 

William Cooney

Professor : Liberal Arts

I am honored by both the high quality of colleagues I work with and the outstanding students who come to our institution.

 
 
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Master of Professional Studies

The Master of Professional Studies degree is designed to provide an advanced level of understanding in professional areas of study or for those students seeking a broad interdisciplinary approach to knowledge.

 
 
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