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Professional Studies in Multidisciplinary Research & Creativity M.P.S.

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  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2020
  • Length of program in credits: 30
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree:
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
This interdisciplinary, self-designed Master of Professional Studies program prioritizes applied research skills, creative and innovative problem-solving, socially conscious leadership, and the integration of theory and practice across disciplines. By engaging multiple disciplinary approaches to a selected problem, students develop their capacity to identify, delineate, and research key problems, building an empowered learning approach to their own professional studies. With a “Plan B” project-based structure, the Multidisciplinary Research & Creativity program consists of three core courses (12 credits) and 18 credits of course work (for a total of 30 credits) across disciplines, along with a Plan B capstone project and oral exam. Earning the degree of MPS (Master of Professional Studies), students join a cadre of students nationally and internationally who seek applied, interdisciplinary graduate study to develop and enhance their professional studies. The Plan B project can be expected to develop as an expansion of work done in a course or another topic of special interest, and can be constituted through multiple research papers, participatory media products, or other learning objects. Plan B papers, projects, media, or other objects are submitted to the examining committee before the student's final oral presentation and examination and represent 100 hours of independent research.
Program Delivery
  • partially online (between 50% to 80% of instruction is online)
Prerequisites for Admission
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Completed applications should include official transcripts, an essay delineating their reasons for pursuing the MPS in Multidisciplinary Research & Creativity and describing their education and career experiences, and three letters of recommendation from persons in a position to evaluate the applicant's potential for success. Scores on the Graduate Record Exam or an equivalent exam should be submitted as well if taken. At this time GRE scores are preferred but not required.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan B: Plan B requires 30 major credits and 18 credits outside the major. The final exam is written and oral. A capstone project is required.
Capstone Project:The Plan B project can be expected to develop as an expansion of work done in a course or another topic of special interest, and can be constituted through multiple research papers, participatory media products, or other learning objects. Plan B papers, projects, media, or other objects are submitted to the examining committee before the student's final oral presentation and examination and represent 100 hours of independent research.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
Core Courses (12 cr)
MLS 8001 - Theories, Methods and Applications of Graduate Study (4.0 cr)
MLS 8501 - Seminar: Community Engagement (4.0 cr)
MLS 8502 - Seminar: International Perspectives (4.0 cr)
Multidisciplinary Requirements (18 cr)
Remaining credits from social sciences and humanities courses within the College of Liberal Arts that carry graduate credit. These courses can be taken outside of CLA with approval from extra-collegiate faculty members. Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with advisor and director of graduate studies approval.
 
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MLS 8001 - Theories, Methods and Applications of Graduate Study
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to theories, methods and applications of interdisciplinary liberal studies. This course provides M.L.S. students with a thorough review of analytical writing and research methods as well as an introduction to university disciplines and interdisciplinary at the graduate level. prereq: MLS candidate or instructor consent
MLS 8501 - Seminar: Community Engagement
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Examination of various community issues and means of addressing them though issue-identification, description, policy, and political organization. Depending on the instructor's pedagogical goals, this course may require students to engage in work off-campus with community partners. prereq: graduate student and instructor consent
MLS 8502 - Seminar: International Perspectives
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Topics related to opportunities and problems emerging from the steady increase in globalization that shapes our communities in the present-day. prereq: graduate student