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B.S. in Professional Studies in Organizational Leadership

This degree seeks to prepare students for a variety of positions in the fields of business and communications. A minimum of 120 hours is needed.



  • Complete a minimum of 120 semester hours.
  • A minimum of 30 hours must be taken through MTSU.
  • At least 45 upper-division hours (3000/4000 level) are required. A minimum of 30 upper-division hours must be completed through MTSU.
  • Complete a minimum of 12 of the last 18 semester hours through MTSU.
  • No more than 60 semester hours completed or awarded by credit-by-examination, credit for service-related experience and flight training may be counted for credit on a degree.
  • A minimum of 60 semester hours must be completed at a 4-year institution.
  • No more than 25% of the credits may be in courses commonly found in a school of business; therefore, a student can have only one business minor.
  • During the second semester of the sophomore year, students must complete an upper-division form. Contact your advisor for more information.
Degree-Specific Requirements
  • Courses used to satisfy the General Education requirements in the bachelor's degree cannot be used to fulfill the 39 hours used specifically for the B.S. in Professional Studies degree.
  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA in the major.
  • This degree is not awarded through the College of Business.

Professional Core (21 hours)

Course Required Hours

Admin. Supervision (choose one)
PADM 3601 - Public Administration
MGMT 3610 - Principles of Management 
TECH 4381 - Principles of Supervision
LIST 4093 - Special Topics and Leadership

3 Hours
Organizational Systems (choose one)
PM 4120 - Organization Theory Behavior
PADM 4226 - Intro to Nonprofit Organizations
3 Hours

Team Org. Relations (choose one)
ORCO 3240 - Organizational Communication
COMM 3010 - Integrated Corporate Communication
COMM 4410 - Conflict Negotiation and Resolution

3 Hours

Statistical Methods (choose one)
SOAA 3350 - Social Statistics
SOCI 4510 - Intro to Social Research
JOUR 4410 - Public Relations Research

3 Hours

Written Communication (choose two)
ENGL 3134 - Computers, Writing, Literature
ENGL 3250 - Professional Communication
JOUR 3421 - Public Relations Writings

6 Hours

International Context (choose one)
SPAN 3550 - Latin America: The Country Peoples
POLI 4350 - International Law
JOUR 4712 - Mass Media and Culture
PS 3510 - International Politics Economy
POLS 3010 - Comparative Politics

3 Hours

Organizational Leadership Concentration (15 hrs)
Choose five courses from the following

Course Options
BMGT 3600 - International Management
BMGT 3630 - Human Resource Management
COMM 3560 - Intercultural Communication
MGMT 4547 - Corporate Etiquette
JOUR 3400 - Public Relations
JOUR 4420 - Public Relations Case Study
LDSP 3000 - Leadership Development
PADM 4401 - Comparative Public Administration
PSY 3590 - Psychology of Personality
PSYC 3210 - Abnormal Psychology
SW 3170 -Family Caregiving
SW 3200 - Cultural Diversity

Capstone Course (3 hrs)

Course (choose one) Required Hours
UNIV 4995 - Culminating Special Project or
PRST 4995 - Culminating Special Project

(a permit is required for both courses)
3 Hours

PRST 3995 - Research Methods and Project Planning (3 hours)
The PRST 3995 course is a recommended prerequisite for the Culminating Project UNIV 4995/PRST 4995 class. Students should take PRST 3995 one or two semesters before they plan to take UNIV/PRST 4995 class.

Electives (120 hrs)

Elective courses must be taken to complete the 120 hours required for this degree program. Please consult with your MTSU advisor to determine appropriate elective course options.

RODP Internship Application (UNIV 4110)
Visit the Frequently Used Forms page for the necessary application forms and instructions on how to submit.

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