The Operations Research, M.P.S. (Master of Professional Studies) is an interdisciplinary
graduate degree program designed for working professionals who wish to earn a graduate
degree and excel in their careers. The The Operations Research, M.P.S program is:
- Designed for the working adult
- Completely Online
- Flexible Schedule
- No GRE required with 5 years' work experience
This 30-hour program combines the social sciences and the professions to make it directly
applicable for the working adult who wants to increase income and promotion possibilities.
Since it is offered 100% online and available 24/7, it easily fits around almost
The MPS Operations Research Concentration is designed for those interested in data
visualization, survey techniques and implementation strategies, and operational needs
assessment, which are the basis of conducting and presenting the findings of organizational
survey-based research that is fundamental in organizational decision making and advancement.
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Operations Research, M.P.S. courses designed to give students real-life opportunities
Dr. Matthew Duncan says the courses in the MPS Operations Research concentration help
provide students real-life opportunities. For example, PRST 6320 covers the study
and application of using surveys appropriate to professional studies. The course provides
an introduction to surveys and how they are used, as well as practical exposure to
previously used surveys. As many survey designs are ill-constructed and thus not valid,
it is important to be able to recognize what factors and strategic choices ensure
validity. The course will also provide opportunities to do so by critiquing survey
designs and actually develop and implement surveys, which includes managing, analyzing,
and disseminating survey results.
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Operations research analysts are involved in all aspects of an organization. They
help managers decide how to allocate resources, develop production schedules, manage
the supply chain, and set prices.
- Market Research Analyst
- Quality Assurance Analyst
- Software Developer
MTSU offers the Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.), an online program designed
for working professionals, with five concentrations available: Operations Research, Human Resources Leadership, Strategic Leadership, and Training and Development, and Leadership in Nutrition
Each M.P.S. program consists of 12 hours of core requirements, 15 hours related directly
to the concentration, and a 3-hour culminating professional project.
Applicants must have the following:
- An earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college
- An acceptable grade point average (GPA) in all college work taken (at least 2.75 for
- Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with acceptable scores (generally at least 146 verbal, 144 quantitative, and
4.0 on analytical writing), OR a non-GRE option is available for those with a 2.75
GPA or higher and five (5) years of professional full-time work experience requiring
the submission of a portfolio of works.
- Competency in word processing, library retrieval systems, presentation graphics, spreadsheets,
and databases (Students must be computer literate—using email, posting discussions,
using chat, web page navigation, uploading attachments, etc.—as well as have excellent
time management skills in order to be successful in the online course environment.);
- Regular access to a computer and reliable Internet connection
Applicants who do not meet the criteria for unconditional admission may apply as a
non-degree seeking student and take up to 6 hours before officially applying to the
Professional Studies, Operations Research Concentration, M.P.S.
Pamela D. Morris, Program Director
The University College offers the Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) with concentrations in Human Resources Leadership, Leadership in Nutrition, Operations Research, Strategic Leadership, and Training and Development. For more information, contact Pamela.Morris@mtsu.edu, call (615)898-5920, or visit www.mtsu.edu/mps.
Admission to the Master of Professional Studies program requires
- an earned bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college;
- an acceptable grade point average (GPA) in all college work taken (at least 2.75 for unconditional admission);
- three (3) letters of recommendation;
- completion of a portfolio of works OR Graduate Record Examination (GRE) based on criteria below:
- completion of a portfolio of works for those with a 3.25 GPA or higher; OR
- completion of a portfolio of works for those with a 2.75 GPA or higher and five (5) years of professional full-time work experience; OR
- completion of the GRE General Test with acceptable scores.
- competency in word processing, library retrieval systems, presentation graphics, spreadsheets, and databases. Students must be computer literate (using email,posting discussions, using chat, web page navigation, uploading attachments, etc.) as well as have excellent time management skills in order to be successful in the online course environment;
- regular access to a computer and reliable Internet connection.
All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.
- Applicant must submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php). Once this initial application has been accepted, the applicant will receive directions on how to enter the graduate portal to be able to submit other materials.
- submit official transcripts from all collegiate institutions attended;
- submit three letters of reference;
- submit official scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). A composite GRE score of 291 is expected for consideration of unconditional admission. Applicants with a 2.75 GPA or higher and five (5) years of professional full-time work experience may submit a portfolio of works in place of a GRE score. Applicants who meet this requirement may inquire about the portfolio requirements by e-mailing Pamela.Morris@mtsu.edu or going to www.mtsu.edu/university-college/mps/portfolio.php.
The Master of Professional Studies with a concentration in Operations Research requires completion of minimum of 30 semester hours.
- complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit (See Curriculum section below for specifics):
- complete a professional project during the final semester of the program.
Curriculum: Professional Studies, Operations Research
The following illustrates the minimum coursework requirements.
Core Courses (12 hours)
PRST 6000 - Leading Organizational Transformation
Focuses on the leadership aspects of creating, implementing, and monitoring initiatives that will help an organization's employees make the essential transitions necessary to enable their organization to successfully transform to the needs of its operational environment.
PRST 6100 - Professional Environment: Issues and Ethics
Introduces the discipline of ethics and values. Explores the various theories and practices that have led to, and continue to dominate the study of ethics and values in public service. Students will display their knowledge of ethics and values in various reading, writing, and oratorical assignments.
PRST 6300 - Research Methods
Study and application of research methods appropriate to professional studies. Provides a general introduction to research methods as well as providing practical exposure to problem statements, literature reviews, writing the research proposal, and organizations of the research report. Quantitative and qualitative research methodologies briefly covered in preparation for later courses in these areas.
PRST 6600 - Statistical Analysis
Prerequisite: PRST 6300. Explores the fundamental principles that form the foundation of the scientific process. Ultimate goal is to enhance student's ability to effectively interpret and translate the results of research.
Operations Research Concentration (9 hours)
BIA 6905 - Applied Business Analytics
(Same as MBAI 6905.) An applied approach to the understanding, development, and application of prescriptive and data analytic tools to model and analyze business data. A hands-on focus utilized with both commonly-used spreadsheet software and specialized business intelligence software for the student to develop skills for self-service business analytics.
HSC 6530 - Effective Program Management
Addresses the knowledge and skills required for developing, implementing, managing, and evaluating programs to meet the needs of for-profit and nonprofit organizations. In addition, it covers the aspects of writing grant proposals to support those programs.
PRST 6320 - Effective Techniques in Survey Design and Implementation
Focuses on the introduction of using surveys as well as techniques for designing, developing, and implementing surveys, while also considering the most effective tools for specific survey needs. Also investigates considerations to keep in mind when developing survey questions and best practices for administering surveys, including communication strategies for supporting high response rates.
Specialization Electives (6 hours)
BCED 5660 - Corporate Communication
Prerequisite: BCED 3510 or equivalent. Research and analysis of case studies of significant research; case studies in business communication; communication policies, principles, and procedures from the executive's viewpoint.
BIA 6910 - Business Intelligence
Prerequisite: BIA 6905 or QM 6770 or equivalent. A more advanced look at the application of business intelligence tools to solving business problems. Coverage will include the development and deployment of sophisticated reporting and dashboard systems to monitor and manage operations. Industry-standard business intelligence software utilized.
COMM 6650 - Conflict Management and Resolution
Explores the role of communication in conflict management/resolution between or among individuals or groups. Potential topics may include interpersonal and workplace conflict, tools for conflict resolution, including mediation and negotiation.
PRST 6770 - Computer-based Decision Modeling
Advanced techniques in quantitative methods. Modeling and optimization techniques. Computer applications emphasized.
Professional Project (3 or 4 hours)
PRST 6998 - Professional Project
3 to 4credit hours
Capstone course for the Master of Professional Studies degree. The integrative culmination of the program of study.
PRST 6998 must be taken during the final semester of the program. Students should begin planning their projects when they enter the M.P.S. program. They should consult their advisors about appropriate topics and submit their proposals for approval prior to entering this course.
Students applying for EXL Scholar Designation should take EXL 6000 for 1 credit hour.
MPS students are limited to no more than 6 hours of prior learning assessment (PLA) credit and transfer credit combined.
Our adjunct faculty bring outstanding professional experience to our programs. Many are industry leaders with decorated careers and honors. Importantly, they are innovative educators who offer hands-on learning to our students to prepare them to enter and thrive in a dynamic, and oftentimes emerging, industry and professional world. They inspire, instruct, and challenge our students toward academic and professional success.
Online or Hybrid Programs at a Glance
This program is available fully online.
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