Master of Professional Studies

Central Penn’s Next Defining Moment

Central Penn College is pleased to announce the addition of the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree. The 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 either Organizational Development or Information Systems Management.

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 upcoming 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 new 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,
    • OR minimum Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores of 130 verbal, 131 quantitative and 3.25 – 3.75 analytical writing.
    • OR a minimum Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score of 235. 
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 from an accredited higher education institution.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation, a 2-3 page goal statement articulating their career aspirations and a professional resume.

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, Lead Faculty of Graduate Studies 

Professor Hughes has taught at Central Penn since 2006 and regularly publishes peer-reviewed articles on leadership, management and criminal justice. He is a doctoral candidate in leadership at Alvernia University.

Coursework

Common Core
ORG 500 Professional & Ethical Responsibilities 3 Credits
ORG 505 Dimensions of Leadership 3 Credits
ORG 510 Strategic Management 3 Credits
ORG 515 Leadership Development 3 Credits
ORG 520 Applied Research for Professionals 3 Credits
Organizational Development Concentration
DEV 600 Management of Operations 3 Credits
DEV 605 Organizational Planning & Development 3 Credits
DEV 610 Applied Decision Making 3 Credits
DEV 615 Conflict Management 3 Credits
Information Systems Management Concentration
ISM 600 Informatics or Security 3 Credits
ISM 605 Managerial Applications of Information Technology 3 Credits
ISM 610 Database Administration and Management 3 Credits
ISM 615 Project Management      3 Credits
Elective Courses (3 Credits Required)
ORG 600 Principles of Supervision 3 Credits
ORG 605 Organizational Psychology 3 Credits
ORG 610 Negotiation and Bargaining 3 Credits
ORG 615 Employment Law for Managers 3 Credits
ORG 620 Budgeting and Finance for Managers 3 Credits
Capstone in Professional Studies
ORG 699 Applied/Action Research Project 3 Credits

Courses subject to change based on curriculum review process

Tuition & Fees

Tuition for Central Penn College’s Master of Professional Studies degree will be $665 per credit. The tuition includes all fees, including required textbooks for each course.

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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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