College of Professional Studies

Dean: Jim Sullivan, AIA

Mission Statement

The mission of the College of Professional Studies is to educate undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students in the disciplines and associated practices of the College’s programs through intellectually and creatively challenging educational experiences, an inclusive and respectful learning environment, and the promotion of service and scholarship by students and faculty. This mission aspires to engender professionals who pursue their careers with a commitment to expertise, ethics, and empathy in an interconnected world.

Areas of Study

School of Architecture

The School, comprised of architecture and interior architecture programs, teaches ways of making and thinking that enable students to do good in the world through design work. The School offers the Master of Interior Architecture (M.I.A.). This post-professional degree focuses on the advanced study of design strategies, history, theories, and technologies for the adaptive reuse of existing buildings and their interiors. Current trends in architectural design practice ensure that the imaginative reuse of existing buildings is, and will continue to be, the primary focus of our discipline for the foreseeable future.

School of Business and Global Innovation

The School is committed to improving the world by inspiring and equipping students to acquire and develop leadership competencies to meet the dynamic challenges of a knowledge-based global society, and by nurturing values conducive to ethical and socially responsible behavior and business practices. The School offers programs in Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in Management Information Systems (MS-MIS), and Master of Science in Financial Information Systems (MS-FIS). All programs in the School of Business and Global Innovation are fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

School of Education

The School prepares teachers to make a significant, positive, and educational impact on the lives of PK-12 learners. Our programs offer diverse field placement opportunities in various educational settings, so graduates can apply theory to practice. The School offers a Master of Arts in Teaching and numerous Master of Science degrees and Certification programs. All programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), having met the NCATE (National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education) standards.

Ph.D. in Administration and Leadership

With a strong emphasis on research, the Ph.D. program challenges students to develop their administrative and leadership roles in public, non-profit, or corporate organizations. Students develop a mastery of the administrative and leadership competencies necessary to advance the careers of professionals working in business, education, health care, and social services organizations. Through a cross-disciplinary approach, students are prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century by applying their knowledge of ethical administrative and leadership skills to an increasingly interdependent world.