University Academic Programs and Resources
New Professional Studies, M.A./M.S.
Tojo Thatchenkery, Director
The Master of New Professional Studies program was established in 1996 to provide
graduate education for working professionals. The highlights of this innovative
interdisciplinary degree are as follows:
Meeting the needs of the working professional. The course
activities are designed to adapt to the demands of working professionals with
a variety of obligations. Through innovative use of information technologies and
flexible course scheduling, participants are able to balance the demands of work
with an intensive learning experience.
Linking theory and practice. The degree incorporates action-oriented
group learning as a way to integrate theory and practice. Grouped into teams,
candidates are immersed in the practical problems of organizations and at the
same time engage each other through collaborative technologies. By dealing with
practical organizational issues, participants gain deeper insight into how complex
organizations work and how to affect them.
Building a learning community. The program produces a tightly
integrated learning experience and focuses on building a learning community. Participants
will work on projects as teams and will gain an understanding of how to develop
Integrating collaborative technologies. Collaborative technology
skills developed early on are used throughout the degree program. They enable
a high degree of collaboration and interaction between students.
New Professional Studies is an umbrella degree program with six tracks:
- Forensic Biosciences
- Organizational Learning
- Transportation Policy, Operations, and Logistics
Four core courses (12 credits) are common to all tracks:
- MNPS 700 The New Professionalism: Theory and Practice
- MNPS 702 The New Professional as Reflective Practitioner
- MNPS 703 Technology and Learning in the New Professions
- MNPS 704 Research Methodologies in the New Professions
The remaining elective courses (21 credits) are selected from participating
disciplines. For information about the forensic biosciences, biotechnology, and
bioinformatics tracks, see the School of Computational
Sciences; for the organizational learning, and the transportation policy,
operations, and logistics track, see the School of
Public Policy; for the teaching track, see the Graduate
School of Education.