Master of Professional Studies Degree
Areas of Specialization
In addition to the core component (see "Degree Requirements"), students will take up to 15 credit hours of graduate coursework in one of the following areas of concentration:
Community Development: This concentration provides students with the knowledge and skills to assume leadership roles in the economic and social development of communities. Students will acquire the ability to work with citizens and community leaders to establish and help maintain viable and sustainable communities, helping those communities to reach their full potential. This multi-disciplinary professional program will make students familiar with aspects of community planning, urban growth and change, heritage preservation, community empowerment, attracting industries and labor to a community, ecological sustainability in communities, community capacity building, and other economic and social aspects of community development. The concentration will be appropriate for students planning careers in both the private and public sector.
Security and Safety Leadership: This concentration is designed to meet the professional development needs of students involved in the public or private safety sector. It is especially designed for students with experience or interest in law enforcement, the military, emergency management, disaster relief, corporate security, transportation security, public safety, hazards management, public health preparedness, and fire security. Students will gain familiarity with a wide range of homeland security issues, practices, and policies, including homeland security management, emergency response and disaster relief, inter-agency cooperation, leadership and performance management, the management of organizational change, and intelligence and strategic analysis. Students will graduate from the program with the ability to enhance the quality of life at community, regional, and national levels.
Information Technology: This concentration is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of current and evolving technologies in the applied Information Technology (IT) field. Students will gain knowledge and skills enabling them to understand the principles underlying IT, understand technical and regulatory issues related to IT, apply IT best practices to enhance competitiveness and increase productivity, integrate IT into organizations, enhance IT awareness and literacy in organizations, and manage software and hardware cycles. This concentration will prepare students for careers in database systems management, informatics, information security, project management, software engineering, telecommunications management, and e-business development.