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School of Professional Development

From Master of Professional Studies to Master of Science

Important program and process information for MPS students who are transferring into the new MS in Human Resource Management

Students in the School of Professional Development's Master of Professional Studies program have the option of switching their program to the Master of Science in Human Resource Management, if they so choose. If students choose to remain in the MPS, then no action is required on their part. If they choose to change programs, they must be in good academic standing and must carefully read and consider the information on this page before proceeding.

The MS is a new program with different requirements, not just a renaming of the MPS in HRM program. Depending on how far along students are in the program and which courses they have taken, this change might be seamless. For others, it might mean that certain courses that have been taken will not be applied to their new degree program. (Again, changing programs is an option, not a requirement.)

Please read the following information carefully to determine whether you want to file to change programs. If you choose to switch, your Change of Program (PDF) form must be submitted by September 18, 2012.


Curricular Differences Between the Two Programs

While the two programs share many of the same courses, there are some substantial differences. Students who are considering moving into the MS program should print out the MS program description, advisement worksheet (PDF), and unofficial transcript (available in SOLAR) to see how the courses they have taken will apply (or will not apply) to the Master of Science.

Summary of the Key Differences:

  1. The MS has Management courses that replace the MPS Core courses. Some of these courses are the same, but others are not.
  2. CES 523 Human Resource Management Workshop was an HRM required course, but it is now an elective.
  3. The "History and Culture" section has been replaced by an "Electives" section. Again, some courses from the MPS "History and Culture" section are included in the MS "Electives," but others are not.

MPS courses that are not applicable to the MS (see "Substitutions" below)

  • CEI 504 Human Behavior as Rational Action
  • CEI 560/POL 560 American Democracy: Its Critics and Defenders 
  • CEN 580 Assessment of Socio-Technological Problems and Issues
  • CER 537 Public Policy and Labor Markets 
  • CER 540 Public Relations Principles
  • CEV 539 Working 9-5: Social Class and Culture in American Literature 

Substitutions

If a student changes from the MPS to the MS program for Fall 2012, the following substitutions will be permitted. After the Fall 2012 term, these substitutions will no longer be accepted.

MS Category: Human Resource Management & Employee Relations - Required Courses

  • CES 523 may be used instead of CES 515.

MS Category: Electives

Regardless of which MPS category they belong to, the following courses may only count as an elective in the MS program. Note that only one elective may be applied toward the MS in HRM.

  • CEI 504 Human Behavior as Rational Action
  • CEI 560/POL 560 American Democracy: Its Critics and Defenders 
  • CEN 580 Assessment of Socio-Technological Problems and Issues
  • CER 537 Public Policy and Labor Markets 
  • CER 540 Public Relations Principles
  • CEV 539 Working 9-5: Social Class and Culture in American Literature 
  • CEX 523 Continuous Quality Improvement

Changing Your Program

To change from the MPS to MS in HRM program, please review, print, sign and submit the MPS to MS Change of Program (PDF) form by September 18, 2012.


Questions?

Contact the School of Professional Development's Office of Graduate Admissions, Advisement and Academic Services at 631-632-7050 (option 1) or spd@stonybrook.edu.


Statement of Student Responsibility
Students themselves—whether new, returning, or continuing—are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and adhering to their degree and/or certificate program requirements. (SPD’s non-matriculating [non-degree] graduate students [GSP] are responsible for adhering to the guidelines related to non-matriculated status.) All SPD students are responsible for reviewing, understanding, and complying with University and SPD regulations, policies, and procedures, as described in all official publications, the University website, and the SPD website, including, but not limited to, SPD’s online references, the SPD Bulletin and SPD Academic Calendar.

 

 

 

 

 

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