Master of Professional Studies (MPS)

Human Resource Management Concentration

The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) is an interdisciplinary graduate degree program in social science and the professions with a concentration in Human Resource Management. The MPS explores the application of research and experience to complex social and political issues. The core curriculum focuses on the theoretical structure and methodology of social science disciplines and their application to the professions.

The program is offered primarily to working adults who seek professional development on a part-time basis. Courses are offered in the evening and online. Students may choose to combine face-to-face and online courses in our traditional MPS program, or they may apply to the MPS Online program and take all of their courses via Internet.

The HR concentration is offered in collaboration with Stony Brook's College of Business and has been approved for online delivery by the New York State Education Department. The degree meets the educational prerequisite for admission into the SPD's Post-Master's Advanced Graduate Certificate in School District Business Leadership.

Please Note:

This program is no longer accepting applications. Prospective students are invited to apply to the Master of Science in Human Resource Management.

Current MPS Students may be eligible to switch into the Master of Science in Human Resource Management.
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Course of Study

This degree program consists of 30 credits, distributed among the three areas listed below. Unless otherwise noted, each course is three credits. All degree requirements must be completed within five (5) years from the semester date of admission as a matriculated student.Students are advised to print and keep this student advisement worksheet (PDF) for reference.


  • 3 credits from Area A
  • 3 credits from Area B
  • 3 credits from EITHER Area A OR Area B

There are no transfer credits or substitutions allowed for 9-credit core curriculum.

Area A Courses
CEI 504 Human Behavior as Rational Action* or CEX 592/MBA 592 Organizational Behavior
CEI 505 Research Methods in the Social Sciences (formerly: Foundations of Social Science Methodology)
CEX 520 Ethics in Management

Area B Courses
CEI 560/POL 560 American Democracy: Its Critics and Defenders*
CEI 596 Seminar on Leadership in Organizations
CEN 580 Assessment of Socio-Technological Problems and Issues
CEX 515/MBA 515 Managing in a Global Economy

*Indicates a course that is no longer being offered. MPS students who have completed this course prior to Fall 2013 may use it to fulfill area requirements for their degree.

2. MALS Project Seminar (CED 595) - 3 credits
The goal of the Project Seminar is to teach students to understand and conduct graduate-level research that culminates in a final research paper.  

Prerequisites: Matriculation in the MALS, MPS, or MS HRM degree program. Completion of 24 graduate credits within the program.
Note: There are no transfer credits or substitutions permitted for CED 595 Project Seminar. Students must earn a a minimum of a "B" grade in this course to fulfill the degree requirement.

3. MPS CONCENTRATION - 18 credits

Students choose six three-credit courses with which to create a concentration in Human Resource Management (HRM). Students may apply courses from the MPS concentration toward an Advanced Graduate Certificate (AGC) in Human Resource Management. Program requirements would be completed concurrently, but prospective students must apply to the AGC program separately from the MPS. Visit the webpage for the Advanced Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management for details.

Required Courses - 6 credits

CES 516/MBA 533 Survey of Employee Relations

and either

CES 515/MBA 532 Foundations of Human Resource Management (formerly: Survey of Human Resource Administration) or
CES 523/MBA 523 Human Resource Management Workshop

Concentration Courses - 12 credits
At least one course must be from each of the three categories: Human Resource Administration, Employee Relations and History and Culture.

Human Resource Administration
CEI 585 Principles of Adult Learning
CER 506/MBA 506 - Leadership, Team Effectiveness and Communications
CES 510/MBA 510 Employee Benefit s(prerequisite: CES 515 or CES 523)
CES 511/MBA 513 Human Relations in the Workplace
CES 513/MBA 531 New Developments in Human Resource Management (pre-requisite CES 515 or CES 523)
CES 526/MBA 526 Job Evaluation and Compensation Systems (prerequisite: CES 515 or CES 523)
CEX 523/MBA 509 Continuous Quality Improvement
CEX 537/MBA 537 Training and Development (formerly: Employee Training - Career Development)
CEX 538/MBA 538 Organizational Change Management (formerly: Organizational Change and Development) (prerequisite: CES 515 or CES 523)
CEX 593/MBA 593 Special Topics in Human Resource Management
CEX 599/MBA 599 Internship Practicum, as approved by the program advisor

Employee Relations
CES 514/MBA 514 Collective Bargaining in Public Sector (prerequisite: CES 515)
CES 518/MBA 534 Contemporary Issues in Employee Relations
CES 519/MBA 519 Grievance Handling and Arbitration
CES 524/MBA 524 Employee Negotiations Workshop
CES 525/MBA 525 Employment Law (prerequisite: CES 516)
CEX 547/MBA 530 Employee Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management (formerly: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution)

History and Culture
CER 537 Public Policy and Labor Markets
CER 540 Public Relations Principles
CES 517/MBA 527 Women in the Workplace (formerly: Women, Work and Dollars)
CES 521/MBA 520 History of Labor Relations
CEV 539 Working 9-5: Social Class and Culture in American Literature
or, a graduate-level course approved by the program advisor

Tuition and Fee Information

Tuition rates are available on the Bursar's webpage.

Application Information

Applications are no longer being accepted for this program. Prospective students are encouraged to apply to theMaster of Science in Human Resource Management program.

Contact Information

For application, advisement, and enrollment questions:

Admissions and Academic Services
School of Professional Development
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4310
Telephone: 631-632-7050
Fax: 631-632-4992

Program Director

Dr. John Coverdale
Faculty Director

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