Master of Professional Studies (MPS)

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The Master of Professional Studies degree is a multi-disciplinary master's degree designed to meet emerging workforce development needs. It is designed to develop advanced professional skill sets in various subject areas not currently represented at FHSU by Master of Science (MS) credentials. A salient feature of the degree program is the flexibility for the student to combine a major subject area with one or more cognate areas designed to enhance professional workforce skills desired by employers in industry, government,health care, and information technology careers.

There are many career opportunities in Kansas and beyond for graduates with MPS degrees, including positions in information technology, human resources, government, law enforcement and the corrections industry, and non-profit industry or social services leaders. The MPS degree also provides students the necessary tools to embark on new entrepreneurial career ventures. To be effective today, professionals need to understand the trends impacting the broad career field and "industry" sector where they work. They also need specialized skills - sometimes unusual combinations of special skills - to add value to the organizations where they work.

The MPS curriculum contains four components: 1] a 9-hour core curriculum which includes a research methods course, a statistics course, and a concentration-specific introductory graduate course,2] a 9 to 12-hour major concentration area, a 3] 6 to 9-hourcognate field or free electives area, and 4] a 3-hour projects or internship course. The total number of credits required for this degree is 30 credit hours.

The MPS degree program will begin considering applications for admission immediately. Applications should be submitted using the online Graduate School application. Degree-specific admission requirements are the submission of a personal statement, 2 letters of recommendation, and an official transcript indicating the conferral of an undergraduate 4-year degree. Concentrations may require additional criteria for admission. Please check the MPS concentration list. International applications must meet Graduate School requirements for admission of international students. Credentials from non-US systems of higher education will be considered by the Graduate School on a case-by-case basis.

For degree program questions, please contact the Graduate School at 785-628-4236 or

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