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Master of Professional Studies in Computing Technologies

The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Computing Technologies allows information technology and business professionals to develop managerial skills and technical acumen for leadership roles in technology management.

Graduates acquire technology and management knowledge, broad business and real world perspectives, analytical and critical thinking skills, and the ability to integrate technology, business processes and people to leverage the use of computing technologies to solve critical needs of businesses and organizations.

Admission

Students applying to the MPS program must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

Applications to the program must include:

  • A statement of 250-500 words discussing their background with computing technologies beyond academic coursework, and how the program will assist them to achieve professional objectives.
  • Official college transcripts from each college attended. Typically, successful applicants will have at least a “B” (3.00) average in all coursework taken.

Applicants may be conditionally admitted and allowed to take one class in their first semester, in which a B or better must be earned to be fully admitted to the program. Students who do not meet the 3.0 grade point average in their undergraduate course work but who possess sufficient professional experience in the computing field may be admitted provisionally into the program.

Completed applications are reviewed by the MPS Director and Admissions Committee throughout the year. The MPS application may be submitted to the School of Continuing Studies after the applicant has consulted with the Director, Dr. Jim Simmons.

Degree Requirements

The School of Continuing Studies awards the MPS degree following the successful completion of ten graduate courses, comprised of seven core courses and three elective courses. No thesis is required. Students may not apply more than two independent study courses toward graduation requirements for the MPS. In order to earn the MPS, a student must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00. Students must also submit an application for degree, available from the School of Continuing Studies Dean’s office, at the beginning of the semester in which the student plans to complete all required coursework.

Academic Progress Requirements

Students admitted to the MPS program must maintain an overall grade point average of 3.00 or better to be considered in good academic standing. Students whose grade point average falls below 3.00 will be placed on academic probation and limited to a maximum of six credit hours in the subsequent semester. Students will be removed from academic probation when they earn an overall grade point average of at least 3.00.

Students may apply one B- toward degree requirements; however, students who earn a second B- will be dismissed from the program. Students who receive a grade of C+ or lower in any coursework attempted will be dismissed from the program.

Transfer Credits

A student may petition to transfer a maximum of nine credit hours (three courses) of graduate coursework from other colleges or universities into the MPS degree. However, only courses with grades of B or above, completed within five years of enrolling in the MPS program, may be considered for transfer credit. The Director of Academic Computing Programs, Dr. Jim Simmons, will review all transfer credit requests prior to enrollment in the program.

Faculty

Program Faculty includes the Program Director and a broad range of practitioners from the field who bring real-world experience into the classroom.

Credit Requirements

The program’s seven core courses cover a range of both technology issues and business and leadership issues. In addition, students select three elective courses.

Core Requirements Credits
Technology Courses  
CPST-7200 Enterprise Architecture – Software 3
CPST-7600 Enterprise Architecture – Hardware   3
CPST-7800 Legal Issues in Information Technology 3
CPST-7900 Computer Security 3
Business and Leadership Courses  
CPST-7000 IT Governance and Policy 3
CPST-7100 Managing the IT Department 3
CPST-7150 The Business of Information Technology 3
MPS Electives Credits
Select three courses:
  • CPST-6320 Business Intelligence*
  • CPST-6500 Systems Requirements Development and Testing*
  • CPST-6501 IT Project Management*
  • CPST-7250 Software Development Methodologies
  • CPST-7850 Healthcare Informatics
  • HMLS-7800 Cyber Threats and Homeland Security**
9
Total 30

 

* CPST-4320/6320, CPST-4500/6500 and CPST-3500/6501 are dual Upper Level Undergraduate/Graduate courses

** HMLS-7800 is a Graduate Level Course in the MPS program for Homeland Security

Additional electives will be added as the need arises.