The Master of Professional Studies is a professional degree. Programs leading to the M.P.S. degree provide opportunities for students to increase their knowledge and competencies in specific careers (as practitioners). The M.P.S. is often considered the "terminal" degree in the field and students entering often need not have undergraduate training in the field, as the curriculum provides foundation material assuming a diversity of backgrounds.
A minimum of 30 graduate credits is required, of which at least 18 credits must be at the 500-level and above, with a minimum of 6 credits of 500-level course work. A significant culminating or "capstone" experience or other mechanism to demonstrate evidence of analytical ability and synthesis of material is required. These may typically include, but are not limited to, a paper, an internship, an exhibition, a production, a comprehensive examination, or a capstone course. The specific form of the culminating experience is determined by the major program.
The department head or program chair shall report to the Office of Graduate Enrollment Services the nature of the culminating experience and is responsible for ensuring that the work is finalized by the deadline for the semester in which the student intends to graduate.