Master of Professional Studies (MPS) Online Learning FAQs

The Master of Professional Studies online program is only offered as a real-time online experience. This means you join your instuctor and classmates via videoconferencing for discussions in real time. You are required to participate during set class times throughout the semester.


Are all of your Master of Professional Studies programs offered online?

We currently offer the MPS in Sustainable Interior Environments program online. The MPS in Healthcare Interior Design and MPS in Interior Lighting Design are NOT offered online.

What are the advantages of the Master of Professional Studies online programs?

Convenience: Convenience is probably the most obvious advantage. Students can log into the MPS courses from a home or office without stepping into a classroom.

Freedom to travel while you study: Courses can be taken from anywhere you have an internet connection, so business trips or vacations do not have to mean missed classes as long as you participate during set meeting times.

Great courses, just like onsite: We have created an atmosphere of learning and sharing that is as close as possible to the actual classroom experience. All the MPS courses are taught by the same faculty teaching onsite.

How do the real-time online courses work?

Structure: Typically, there is a lecture each week, with required reading assignments to complete. Additionally, students interact with each other during the live discussions, where they respond to questions posed by the instructor. Students are required to present their assignments live, to the class, through video conferencing.  

Schedule: The MPS courses are offered on the semester schedule (see Academic Calendar). All classes are offered in the evenings and on weekends, and you can enroll full-time (completing the degree in one year) or part-time.

Time commitment: The time that you spend in preparing for your classes will vary based on the number of credits and assignments. Total expected time each week is the same that a student would likely spend if taking an onsite course.

Relationship building: There are lots of ways in which students interact with their instructor and fellow students. Students discuss topics during class time, where their instructor and peers provide insight, guidance, and feedback. There is also communication between students and the instructor within the course site or via e-mail. 

 

What about exams?

Some courses do require midterm and final exam proctoring. This will be listed in the course description. There is an additional fee for the proctoring, and students will need to have access to a webcam during the exam. 

 

What do I need to be successful?

Hardware/software: You will need a computer or laptop and access to a high speed internet connection. The web-based instructional system is compatible with both PC and Macintosh computers. Be sure that your computer or laptop has a camera and microphone, and internet capability. You don’t have to be a computer expert to enroll in online classes, but you should be comfortable using a computer and know how to use the internet for coursework.