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The Master of Professional Studies Online
Human Resource Management Concentration

The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) Online is an interdisciplinary graduate degree program in social science with a concentration in Human Resource Management. The MPS curriculum strikes a balance between theory and practice, to guide HR practitioners in making informed decisions about management and policy.

The courses in the concentration focus on the fundamentals, addressing a wide range of topics in the areas of human resource administration and employee relations. The core curriculum provides the theoretical structure and methodology of the social science disciplines and their application to the professions.

The Master of Professional Studies degree with the Human Resource Management concentration meets the educational prerequisite for admission into the SPD's Post-Master's Advanced Graduate Certificate in School District Business Leadership. 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.

This program is offered completely online; we have an on-campus version as well. To find out more about online learning at the School of Professional Development, visit our SPD Online website.

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.

1. MPS Core Curriculum - 9 credits

  • 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

2. MPS 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.

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

Employee Relations
CES 518/MBA 534 Contemporary Issues in Employee Relations
CES 525/MBA 525 Employment Law (prerequisite: CES 516)

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 advisor

Advantages of the MPS Online Program
The advantages of taking the online version of the MPS program include:

  • Priority registration for SPD's popular online courses
  • Flexible scheduling—Online students log into their courses whenever and wherever they have Internet access, 24 hours a day/7 days a week
  • No need to travel to campus
  • Several University fees are waived

Note: Students matriculated into the MPS Online degree program cannot register for any face-to-face course. All courses must be taken online.

Online Student Requirements

Do you have what it takes to be an online student? Read these FAQs before you apply.

Tuition and Fee Information

The tuition for the MPS Online is the same as any other SPD graduate program. 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 the Master of Science in Human Resource Management program.

Contact Information

For application and enrollment questions:

Admissions and Academic Services
School of Professional Development
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-4310
Telephone: 631-632-7050, option 1
Fax: 631-632-4992

For program content questions:

Dr. Manuel London
Dean of the College of Business
Director of the Center for Human Resource Studies
312 Harriman Hall
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3775
Telephone: 631-632-1268
Fax: 631-632-9412


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.

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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