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Duluth Campus

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

College of Liberal Arts - Adm
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2023
  • Length of program in credits: 30
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Professional Studies
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 (MPS) 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.
Program Delivery
  • partially online (between 50% to 80% of instruction is online)
Prerequisites for Admission
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Completed applications include official transcripts, an essay delineating reasons for pursuing the MPS in Multidisciplinary Research & Creativity, a description of previous education and career experiences, and three letters of recommendation from persons in a position to evaluate the applicant's potential for success. GRE scores are not required for application. GRE scores are considered from any applicants who think the GRE strengthens their application. Not submitting GREs will not adversely affect an application.
Special Application Requirements:
The application deadline is April 15 for the following academic year. International and domestic applicants whose first language is not English must submit current score(s) from one of the following tests:
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Total Score: 6.5
    • Reading Score: 6.5
    • Writing Score: 6.5
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS).
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 0 credits outside the major. The final exam is written and oral. A capstone project is required.
Capstone Project:The Plan B project is an expansion of work from a course or a topic of special interest, and can comprise multiple research papers, participatory media products, or other learning objects that 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.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Use of 4xxx-level courses must be approved by both the advisor and director of graduate studies.
Core Courses (12 credits)
Take the following courses:
MPS 8001 - Theories, Methods and Applications of Graduate Study (4.0 cr)
MPS 8501 - Seminar: Community Engagement (4.0 cr)
MPS 8502 - Seminar: International Perspectives (4.0 cr)
Multidisciplinary Requirement (18 credits)
Select social sciences and humanities courses offered within the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS), and across campus in consultation with the advisor, to complete the 30-credit requirement. Courses may be chosen with advisor and director of graduate studies approval.
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MPS 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 professional studies. This course provides graduate 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: graduate student and instructor consent
MPS 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
MPS 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