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2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Professional Studies

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The Master of Professional Studies graduate degree is a flexible 30 to 36-hour program. The degree is designed for individuals who want to improve their job related skills at the advanced and strategic competency levels. The degree includes an initial skills assessment accompanied by two stackable 12 to15 credit hour certificates in varying concentrations listed below. Students work with a faculty advisor in the College of Professional Studies to select complementary certificates, create a research plan, and complete a capstone project integrating the content of the two academic certificates. Certificates do not imply professional certification but are intended to strengthen students’ qualifications and professional portfolios in specific areas.

Aging Services Leadership

The Aging Services Leadership certificate is designed to prepare students academically and professionally for leadership positions in the aging services profession. Students will acquire integrative training to prepare them to work with the older adult population in a variety of settings. The courses in the certificate program include content related to integrating multiple academic disciplines in the study of aging, quality management pertaining to seniors’ housing and care, effective service models, ethical decision-making approaches, transformative mediation strategies, and intergenerational communication techniques.

Competency Based Program Design Certificate

The Certificate in Competency Based Program Design is designed for higher education faculty and staff and other educational or training professionals who wish to learn how to create and design a competency based program in their educational organizations. 

Global Leadership Certificate

The Certificate in Global Leadership is designed to prepare individuals to see their leadership role in a global context. This certificate will help students develop a global perspective that will strategically benefit their organization. Students will evaluate plans and determine global acceptance and impact. They will gain experience that results in understanding and appreciation of foreign and domestic cultures and markets. More specifically, students will be prepared to look beyond their own borders for opportunities and threats, set goals and cast vision based on that perspective, and have the transnational skills needed to manage across those borders. 

Performance Coaching Certificate

The Certificate in Performance Coaching is designed to prepare individuals to use coaching in either a leadership role or a coaching practice. Cognitive coaching, transformational coaching and other approaches and methods will be studied so that students may develop their own coaching approach for their workplace setting. Coaching skills and professional ethics, as identified by the International Coaching Federation, will be developed and demonstrated. Graduates may achieve and use International Coaching Federation certification that can be applied in a variety of fields (ministry, non-profit, executive or life coaching, private practice, etc.)

Strategic Practices Certificate

The Certificate in Strategic Leadership is a graduate professional certificate designed for individuals who want to improve their job related skills at the advanced and strategic levels. The certificate includes a battery of initial skills and personality preferences assessments, reflections, action planning and goal setting and executive coaching as well as leadership seminars. This certificate is for students who already possess the content knowledge needed for their profession but want to advance to an executive level in their organization.

Certificate in Business Acumen

This certificate is geared for students who desire to learn more about the inner workings of business or are seeking a College of Professional Studies graduate degree.  Please see College of Business course requirements .

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