M.A. in Professional Development
The Master of Arts in Professional Development adopts a unique approach to graduate studies. Designed especially for professionals who desire to expand their knowledge and credentials beyond the boundaries of their bachelor's degree, the M.A. in Professional Development enhances a broad and diverse educational experience, and students may select the single-discipline track from business, criminal justice, higher education, counseling, leadership, English as a Second Language, missions, professional life coaching, training and development, or an interdisciplinary track.
M.A. in Professional Development concentrations pertaining to Business include Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, and Management Information Systems. These concentrations seek to equip professionals with a knowledge and implementation of the skills necessary to expand their career possibilities as accountants, auditors, financial advisors, business or sector managers, advertising marketers, public relations work, database administrators, and computer systems consultants, or to assist them in developing and owning their own company.
M.A. in Professional Development concentrations pertaining to Education include English as a Second Language and Higher Education. These concentrations seek to equip professionals with the administrative, financial, legal, ethical, and practical ramifications needed for a successful career as an instructor for students ranging from elementary to college-age, educational administrators in the school, county, or district level, or as a curriculum developer for elementary, middle high school, and college educations.
Human Relations and Career Development Concentrations
M.A. in Professional Development concentrations pertaining to Human Relations include Communication, Professional Life Coaching, and Training and Development (24 hour Concentration), Counseling and Criminal Justice. Human Relations concentrations provide professionals with the skills and credentials necessary for an effective career as a communicator, equipper, trainer, designer, and developer for a broad spectrum of clientele. These professionals possess the knowledge needed to work with all ages of people in a wide variety of situations and places, such as shelters, rehabilitation centers, non-profit organizations, ministry work in the church, law enforcement offices, or security offices.
Servant Leadership Concentrations
M.A. in Professional Development concentrations pertaining to Servant Leadership include Leadership Studies, Church Leadership, and Missions. These concentrations seek to cultivate and challenge students and professionals to take up the mantle of servant leadership by engaging the culture and community around them through secular, non-profit, or international work.
"The Master of Arts in Professional Development adopts a unique approach to graduate studies. Designed especially for professionals who desire to expand their knowledge and credentials beyond the boundaries of their bachelor's degree, the M.A. in Professional Development enhances a broad and diverse educational experience."
- Jared Ingram, Program Director
Our program provides several options to customize your master's degree with various concentrations and advanced certificates.
- Church Leadership
- Criminal Justice
- English as a Second Language
- Higher Education
- Leadership Studies
- Management Information Systems
- Professional Life Coaching
- Training and Development
Admission Requirements for the M.A. in Professional Development
- There are no requirements additional to the Graduate School's requirements for Full Admission.
The admission requirements listed above are specific to this degree program and are supplemental to the Graduate School’s requirements for Full Admission. Admission to one graduate program does not guarantee admission to another. Applicants who show potential for graduate study, but do not meet the criteria for Full Admission, may be admitted for up to 12 hours under provisional status. Students admitted under Provisional Admission will be granted Full Admission upon successful completion of 12 credit hours and fulfillment of the conditions of their admission as determined by the Master’s Degrees Admission Committee.