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Master's Degrees

A master’s degree is the first level of graduate study.

To apply for a master’s degree you must already hold a bachelor’s degree.

To earn a master’s degree, you usually need to complete 30 - 46 semester credits of study. Time to completion is normally 1 ½ - 2 years of full-time study.

In addition to coursework, the master's degree may entail completing comprehensive exams, a thesis, a capstone project or a supervised field experience. The most common master’s degree awards are the Master of Arts (MA) and the Master of Science (MS) degrees. Some fields may have discipline-specific degrees, such as the Master of Business Administration (MBA) or the Master of Education (MED).

Consider a Master’s Degree When You . . . . .

  • Know that your chosen career will require a master’s degree
  • Need a graduate degree to qualify for a higher salary grade
  • Want to change your career field or develop expertise in a new area


Degree Availability

Select a university from the list below to find out more about the degree program. Upon completion, your degree will be awarded and conferred by the institution you select as your home school. There is no differentiation between earning your degree on-ground or online.


Universities Offering Program

Professional Studies - Human Resources

Tennessee State University

Tennessee Technological University

University of Memphis

Professional Studies - Strategic Leadership

Tennessee State University

Tennessee Technological University

University of Memphis

Professional Studies - Training & Development

Tennessee State University

Tennessee Technological University

University of Memphis

Master of Education in Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning Tennessee Technological University


Master of Professional Studies (MPS) - Human Resources Leadership

Human resources professionals are an integral part of an organization's strategic planning process. Company executives are turning to HR professionals for policy directives and creative ways to use human capital for improved performance results.

The Master of Professional Studies with a concentration in Human Resources Leadership focuses on a variety of workplace factors (economic, environmental, ethical, legal, political and administrative) and the impact they can have on organizational productivity, performance and behavior. The objective of the program is to help students develop a strong foundation in HR principles and procedures and to develop critical thinking skills required to make decisions and solve problems concerning the human side of an organization.

This program prepares individuals for leadership roles in human resources. The interdisciplinary approach is appropriate because of the many skills and knowledge areas that are needed for success in the field.

Master of Professional Studies (MPS) - Strategic Leadership

The Master's of Professional Studies with a concentration in Strategic Leadership is an interdisciplinary graduate degree program in the social sciences and the professions. It explores the topic from a contemporary perspective in a dynamic global environment. Core requirements emphasize competencies for implementing organizational systems, managing change, communicating change, and resolving conflict within a framework of ethical leadership. The program also gives you an opportunity to expand your understanding of inclusive and collaborative leadership behaviors and develop competencies for using them effectively. Throughout the program, you continually reflect on, assess and frame your own personal leadership style, strengths and weaknesses.

In this interdisciplinary program, students make connections between various professional fields and traditional social science disciplines. Unlike an MBA, which focuses on technical knowledge of current business practices and theory, a strategic leadership degree exposes you to a broad range of principles that can be applied in any career field.

The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) program is designed for working adults who wish to pursue graduate professional studies that combine two or more disciplines. Because the MPS student's academic needs and interests are multidisciplinary, they are not generally served by traditional programs.

Master of Professional Studies (MPS) - Training & Development

The Master of Professional Studies with a concentration in Training and Development builds theoretical, as well as practical knowledge and skills in adult learning and cognition, organization needs analysis, project planning, instructional design, development, delivery and evaluation in traditional and virtual learning environments. The goal of the program is to prepare you for employment opportunities where the effective transfer of learning is critical to an organization's success in achieving its overall goals and objectives.

This program prepares individuals to manage, deliver and assess on-site training programs. It also addresses the needs of HR managers and other professionals who are increasingly relying on technology to deliver workforce education.

Master of Education in Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning

The Master of Education in Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning is aligned with National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) core propositions. In addition, it includes coursework focused on pedagogical content proficiencies related to teaching Reading-Language Arts. This design will allow teachers to receive advanced professional preparation consistent with NBPTS principles and is supportive of achieving NBPTS Certification in Early and Middle Childhood/Literacy: Reading-Language Arts. The course sequence varies depending upon the semester when you enter the program. Students are required to maintain a portfolio throughout the program and must successfully complete an oral comprehensive examination based on their action research project.

The program is intended for licensed, practicing teachers. Much of the course work will allow students in the program to carry out assignments within their own classrooms. The degree provides advanced practice in the area of reading and language arts for currently practicing teachers.

Course sequence varies depending upon the semester when you enter the program.