Central Penn College - Master of Professional Studies


Master of Professional Studies

Central Penn’s Next Defining Moment

Central Penn College's career-focused education doesn't have to end with your bachelor's degree. Our Masters of Professional Studies (MPS) degree is designed to enhance career opportunities, and increase critical thinking, leadership and ethical skills.

Central Penn’s MPS degree will offer career-focused professionals the opportunity to advance their education by studying our Organizational Leadership master’s degree, with a concentration in Financial AnalysisInformation Systems Management or Organizational Development.

Program terms will be scheduled on a cohort basis. If students take two classes per term they can complete the degree in as little as six 11-week terms.

Our MPS degree program will feature one course onsite, at our Summerdale campus, and one course online each term. The onsite course will be a blended format, consisting of 2 ½ hours of in-person instruction and 1 ½ hours of hands-on coursework.

If you are interested in learning more about Central Penn College’s master’s degree in Organizational Leadership, please fill out the request information form on the right. One of our admissions counselors will be in touch shortly with additional information about this exciting program.

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Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for the Master of Professional Studies program you must:

  • Submit a graduate admissions application.
  • Have three or more years of professional work experience (waivers may be granted as determined by the Graduate Admissions Committee).
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 from an accredited higher education institution.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation, one from a current or former supervisor.
  • Submit a professional resume.
  • Submit a 2-3 page goal statement articulating your professional goals as they relate to the degree program & concentration for which an application is being made.

A maximum of six graduate credits with letter grades of B or higher could transfer to Central Penn provided the credits are equivalent to Central Penn coursework.

Faculty Who Care

Barbara Maroney, Ph.D., Dean of Graduate Studies

Dr. Maroney holds an administration and leadership studies doctorate from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She will serve as academic advisor to all MPS students. With more than 24 years of experience teaching and advising adult students, Dr. Maroney’s dissertation was on “Understanding Undergraduate Adult Student Persistence: A Stress and Coping Model.”

Patrick Hughes, PH.d., Lead Faculty of Graduate Studies 

Dr. Hughes has taught at Central Penn since 2006 and regularly publishes peer-reviewed articles on leadership, management and criminal justice. He holds a doctorate in philosophy and leadership from Alvernia University.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition for Central Penn College’s Master of Professional Studies degree will be $685 per credit. The tuition includes all fees, including required textbooks for each course.

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Accelerated Terms

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Our year-round 11-week terms mean you will be earning your master's degree even faster, in as little as six terms.

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