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Master of Professional Studies (MPS)

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Earn your degree on your terms

The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) at Rowan University is a 100% online program and can be completed by stacking independent certificates. This means you an get credit for your work--every step of the way.

Whether you’re working to enhance your career as quickly as possible or trying to fit a Master's-level study into your busy schedule, we will help you meet your goals.

Program Information

The Rowan Experience
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This Master of Professional Studies (PrMPS) combines the traditional academic with the specialized, industry- specific skills in highly applied, hands- on research and client- based real-world assignments as part of the curriculum. The degree includes core courses to provide an exposure to a broad range of interdisciplinary topics in organizational leadership, analytical data interpretation, and interpersonal and professional communication. With key private, public, and industrial partners throughout the region, the MPS degree offers students a dynamic interdisciplinary learning approach, both in and out of the classroom, coupled with a final culminating experience in the student’ s area of study. The MPS approach builds a solid foundation for career mobility for the contemporary learner. The area of study focus is selected from two primary Certificates of Graduate Study (COGS): Administrative Science and First Responder Executive Leadership. Students may select either of these COGS as part of the MPS. The foundation of the program offers a curriculum designed to help students master competencies needed to be successful when applying these areas in the workplace.

Students can start the MPS degree at any point and complete any sequence of classes, the capstone is the last course and students must complete the prerequisites. Students are not required to complete the COGS first to enter the MPS degree.

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Rowan University requires the completion of 120 semester hours (S.H.) [30 S.H. must be at Rowan University] of approved general education and major coursework in order to graduate with a bachelor’s degree. The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Computer Systems Technology program largely consists of the completion of five Certificates of Undergraduate Studies (CUGS). This degree can be completed in a stackable manner, by completing individual CUGS and then applying those to the bachelor’s degree.

  • 40 Courses / 120 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: No
Course Number Title S.H. / Credits
  Rowan Core 24
  Non-Program Courses 18
  Rowan Experience 9
  Free Electives 6
CS 01104 Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving 3
  Choose 5 Certificate of Undergraduate Studies below 60
  Database Fundamentals Certificate of Undergraduate Study 12
CST 02110 Implementation of SQL I 3
CST 02210 Implementation of SQL II 3
CST 02220 Database Administration I 3
CST 02320 Database Administration II 3
  Database Development Certificate of Undergraduate Study 12
CST 02230 Database Development 3
CST 02250 Database Security 3
CST 02330 Database Programming 3
CST 02400 Database Warehouse Principles 3
  Cybersecurity in Information Technology Certificate of Undergraduate Study 12
CST 01110 Information Technology Foundations 3
CST 01111 Computer Hardware and Operations 3
CST 03201 Security+ 3
CST 03410 Cyber Defense 3
  Ethical Hacking Certificate of Undergraduate Study 12
CST 03215 Penetration Testing Fundamentals 3
CST 03218 Ethical Hacking Fundamentals 3
CST 03315 Advanced Penetration Testing 3
CST 03418 Advanced Topics in Ethical Hacking 3
  Digital Forensics Certificate of Undergraduate Study 12
CST 03252 Foundations of Computer Forensics 3
CST 03253 Applications for Digital Forensics 3
CST 03372 Digital Incident Handling 3
CST 03452 Advanced Digital Forensics Investigation 3
  Intrusion Detection / Prevention Certificate of Undergraduate Study 12
CST 03270 Introduction to Intrusion Detection 3
CST 03370 IDS/IPS Administration 3
CST 03352 Knowledge Management in IDA/IPS 3
CST 03453 IDS/IPS for Cloud 3
  Operating Systems Fundamentals Certificate of Undergraduate Study 12
CST 06220 Linux/Unix Essentials 3
CST 06225 Linux/Unix Administration 3
CST 06230 Microcomputer Operating Systems I: Workstation 3
CST 06235 Microcomputer Operating Systems II: Server Systems 3
  Linux Systems Administration Certificate of Undergraduate Study 12
CST 09210 Introduction to Computer Networks and Data Communications 3
CST 06220 Linux/Unix Essentials 3
CST 06225 Linux/Unix Administration 3
CST 06240 Linux Systems and Services 3
  Azure Fundamentals Certificate of Undergraduate Study 12
CST 02110 Implementations of SQL I 3
CST 06340 Introduction to Azure Cloud Services 3
CST 06343 Azure Management Tools and Security 3
CST 06440 Azure Services and Lifecycles 3
  Network Fundamentals Certificate of Undergraduate Study 12
CST 01111 Computer Hardware and Operations 3
CST 09210 Introduction to Computer Networks and Data Communications 3
CST 09290 Intermediate Networking 3
CST 09310 Network Support and Troubleshooting 3
  Advanced Network Technology Certificate of Undergraduate Study 12
CST 09320 Network Architectures, Models, and Protocols 3
CST 09325 Network Communication and Configuration 3
CST 09430 Switching, Routing, and Wireless Essentials 3
CST 09435 Enterprise Networking, Security, and Automation 3
  Management Information Systems Certificate of Undergraduate Study 12
BUS 01105 Business Perspectives 3
MIS 02234 Management Information Systems 3
  Any two courses from below:  
CST 13211 or MIS 02315 Principles of Information Security  3
MIS 02301 Emerging Technologies I 3
MIS 02302 Emerging Technologies II 3
MIS 02322 Principles of System Design 3
  Project Management Certificate of Undergraduate Study 12
MIS 02325 Project Management 3
MIS 02326 Project Management Professional (PMP) Exam Prep 3
  Any two courses from below:  
MIS 02322 Principles of Systems Design 3
MIS 02328 Principles of Agile Management 3
MGT 06310 Leadership & Supervision for Managers 3
MGT 06321 Managing Teams in Organizations 3
MGT 06406 Improving Business Processes 3

Note: The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.

Admission Requirements
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The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional actions or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below, a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or will indicate any missing items.

  • Rowan Transfer Application Form
  • $45 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
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