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School of Continuing & Professional Studies-General Information

Historical Note

Founded in 1997, the Undergraduate Degree Completion Program at Manhattan College is a unique alternative to the traditional method of pursuing a college degree. The program is designed to provide adult students who have started and stopped their college careers a  non-traditional  opportunity to complete a baccalaureate degree to advance their professional careers and for personal achievement.
In this time of economic uncertainty, adults are sheltering themselves in to our program in greater numbers with the goal of completing a degree and augmenting their resume. Located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, one block from Broadway at 238th Street, our accelerated, 24-month undergraduate degree program has been the school of choice for thousands of employees from corporations such as Con Edison, UPS, the MTA and NYPD. These workers have turned to Manhattan College’s Undergraduate Degree Completion Program to prepare themselves for managerial and supervisory positions in emerging global, corporate and industrial environments.

 Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies is to prepare adult students for success in emerging global, corporate or industrial environments.  The School is committed to creating and offering programs designed to serve the adult population with a particular focus on mid-career adults desiring to advance their professional careers and/or fulfill personal achievement goals.  The School is dedicated to offering all programs in convenient and flexible formats.  

Undergraduate Curriculum 

Successful completion of this Program requires that students earn a total of 120 credits.  The curriculum for the Undergraduate Degree Completion Program (UDCP) consists of a combination of general education and courses in the major, Organizational Leadership which total. The remaining credits may be earned through transfer (including CLEP) and/or elective courses.


Students will be assigned an academic advisor upon entry into the Program.  The Advisor will meet with each assigned student three (3) times annually: Fall, Spring, and Summer.  The Advisor will counsel students on academic programming. Students will also be assigned a Thesis Advisor.  The Thesis Advisor will guide the student through the thesis process as well as be available for one-on-one meetings.

I. General Education (45 credits)

A. Written English (6 credits)
PSEG 110Writing in the Workplace3
PSEG 226Organizational Communication3
B. Quantitative Literacy
PSMT 221Statistical Research Methods3
Math Elective3
C. Behavioral and Social Sciences
Psychology Elective3
PSEC 231Economics3
D. Humanities (6 credits)
PSCM 371Visual Communications3
PSEV 490Environmental Issues3
E. Natural and Physical Sciences (6 credits)
Science Elective3
Science Elective3
F. Religion (3 credits)
PSRL 237Religions in the Workplace3
G. General Education Electives (12 credits)
PSLW 365Legal Aspects3
PSLS 368Leadership & Literature3
General Education Elective3
General Education Elective3
Total Credits45

II. Courses in the Major-Organizational Leadership (33 credits)

PSLS 101Adult Development3
PSLS 111Organizational Change3
PSLS 151Conflict Mgmt & Team Building3
PSPY 249Industrial Psychology3
PSLS 275Teams & Group Dynamics3
PSLS 351Organizational Leadership3
PSLS 375Organizational Ethics3
PSLS 401Social Issues in the Workplace3
PSLS 450Strategic Planning3
PSLS 287Capstone Preparation Seminar3
PSLS 487Capstone Project-Final Thesis3
Total Credits33

III. Open Electives (42 credits)                                                                                42



Professional Studies Communication Courses

PSCM 371. Visual Communications. 3 Credits.

This module explores the principles and practices behind the clear and efficient transmission of visual information and data. It also provides the adult learner with programming tools that will allow them to create effective visual presentations.

Professional Studies Economics Courses

PSEC 231. Economics. 3 Credits.

This module focuses upon the principles of economics as they need to be understood and used by managers and supervisors in all fields. In this era of 'downsizing' or 'rightsizing' brought on by international competition and globalization of every part of our American way of life, it is crucial that managers at every level understand and use the principles of economics to aid them in making sound decisions.

Professional Studies Elective Courses

PSEE 207. Public Speaking. 3 Credits.

This course treats the issues, problems, and techniques in effective public speaking. Students will emerge will a heightened sense of self and a greater confidence in their own ability to communicate to others in business and social situations. The course will focus on how to organize ideas, how to make a speech, examples of good communication and bad communication, poor listening and good listening skills, protection of self, shyness, how to jog your memory and how to feel more secure and in command at business meetings.

PSEE 233. Coping with Stress. 3 Credits.

This course teaches students how to select the correct response when managing life's challenges. It also covers techniques for building stamina when faced with stressful situations. Attitude and behavior as well as physical and emotional health are assessed and explored while finding approaches to properly managedaily and event driven stress.

PSEE 237. Managerial Finance & Acctng. 3 Credits.

This module covers the organization-wide use of financial planning within a firm. Other topics include financial tools available for planning and analysis, and their use in managing cash flows and financial resources, and evaluating future investment opportunities. In addition, three primary topics will be developed; the importance of short-term finance for current operations , the use of capital budgeting tools for investment analysis, and the foundation of long-term finance for defining the organization cost of capital and optimal structure. This module explores external, financial accounting topics: balance sheet accounts and related revenue and expense accounts.

PSEE 238. Personal Finance. 3 Credits.

Students explore personal financial planning, banking, consumer credit, explore housing alternatives, mortgages and sale of a home; discuss types and insurance and risk management; investment fundamentals, the range of investment vehicles, estate planning and retirement planning.

PSEE 246. Managerial Marketing. 3 Credits.

Through assigned readings, case studies, Web-site connections, class discussion, writing assignments and the team project, adult learners will be exposed to basic marketing theory and terminology. They will be given the opportunity to apply these principles and concepts to real world, domestic and international situations. This exploration provides adult learners with an appreciation of the role of marketing in organizational strategic planning; an awareness of how customer behavior and decision data are collected and analyzed in the marketing planning process; and the confidence to participate with other organizational members to "connect with customers" in a variety of effective and meaningful ways.".

PSEE 291. Career Development. 3 Credits.

The fast paced and ever-changing global environment demands the working individual to understand and adapt to numerous challenges in planning a successful career path within their present or future organization.Topics to be considered will be dual career issues, emotional intelligence, balance of professional and personal life, building a network, career development skills, assessment, and midlife career change.

PSEE 306. Arbitration. 3 Credits.

Arbitration is a relatively informal, quasi-judicial process through which parties in a dispute seek a solution with the efforts of a neutral third party. This course acquaints students with the procedures of arbitration through the enactment of actual arbitration through the enactment of actual arbitration cases and partcipation in a mock arbitration.

PSEE 308. Advanced Public Speaking. 3 Credits.

This course is a continuation of the Public Speaking course. Students will refine their skills by the continuous practice of speech making and engaging in debate. The course concentrates on persuasive and extemporaneous speech making, Prerequisite PSCM 407.

PSEE 330. Launching/Mngng a New Business. 3 Credits.

This will include a series of practical seminars for the new or prospective business owner. The course will be on identifying and developing the entrepreneurial skills required to start and manage a successful business. The instructor has years of business experience, and as a part of a SCORE Business Advisory Group, an SBA affiliate, has assisted many people as they transition into new business. One of the instructor's specialties is starting a Security/Investigative Industry.

PSEE 350. Christian Reflections on Leadership. 3 Credits.

This is an intensive seminar course that engages leadership theory from a Christian perspective. The goals of the course are to engage in critical reflection leadership theory; to demonstrate a knowledge of secular concepts essential to leadership theory and reflect on a biblical knowledge that supports or challenges secular leadership theory.

Professional Studies English Courses

PSEG 110. Writing in the Workplace. 3 Credits.

This module is an intensive writing workshop with occasional lectures by the facilitator. Students are expected to complete a variety of writing exercises and assignments, both in class and as homework, by compiling a portfolio of work to be submitted at the completion of the module. The aim is for students to write fluent, logical, and grammatically correct Standard English.

PSEG 226. Organizational Communication. 3 Credits.

This course investigates the role of communication in creating a productive organizational environment. It aids adult learners in developing and strengthening their communication skills focusing on interpersonal, group and presentation skills.

Professional Studies Environmental Studies Courses

PSEV 490. Environmental Issues. 3 Credits.

This course will explore the significant environmental issues facing the nation and the world today and the search for solutions. The adult learner will investigate issues in Global Climate Change, Energy, Human Population, Air Pollution, and Sustainability and Protection of the Environment. Ethical issues will be discussed throughout the course as well as selected environmental science foundations to support intelligent discussion of the issues. Learning activities includes viewing videos, "taking sides" discussions on various environmental issues, and performing 'labs. A course paper will be required.

Professional Studies Law Courses

PSLW 365. Legal Aspects. 3 Credits.

This module provides a general overview of the Business Law system including the Constitution, laws, regulations, case studies, common law, treaties and the interplay between Federal and state systems. Particular emphasis is placed upon contracts, agency, torts, professional liability, products liability, intellectual property, cyberlaw, business litigation, partnerships and corporations.

Professional Studies Leadership Studies Courses

PSLS 101. Adult Development. 3 Credits.

This module introduces adult learners to adult development theory and links these concepts to life through a process of individual reflection. Both classical and contemporary adult development theories are examined. These theories then provide the paradigm for self-analysis and life assessment.

PSLS 111. Organizational Change. 3 Credits.

Adult learners examine the formal and informal functions of organizational and analyze an agency or organization based on a systems model. Students will also analyze and solve organizational problems using a step-by-step method. This analysis will be applied to adult learners' work related Research projects.

PSLS 141. Motivating Yourself and Others. 3 Credits.

This course will explore issues which have been identified by research as impacting workplace motivation. It will introduce an approach to managing which has been found to enhance intrinsic motivation in employees. Readings and discussions will focus on creative strategies for intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.

PSLS 151. Conflict Mgmt & Team Building. 3 Credits.

This course will explore what conflict is and how it is identified. Understanding the reactions to and the behaviors of conflictwill allow the student to explore strategic options to better manage their own conflict as well as those who work with or for them. This course will help the adult learner understand what a conflict competant organization with a working action plan. The course will utilize research, inquiries, videos and case studies to help the student apply the principles of a conflict competant leader.

PSLS 187. Research Project I Seminar. 3 Credits.

This is an introductory seminar covering the basics of research. The seminar includes library and online research techniques.

PSLS 275. Teams & Group Dynamics. 3 Credits.

This module is a study of group behavior and how group functioning affects organizational effectiveness. Emphasis is placed on decision-making and conflict resolution. Adult learners develop strategies for efficient and productive group management and determine which tasks are handled by groups or by individuals.

PSLS 286. Research Project II. 2 Credits.

One session course followed by several individual meetings. Students will review progress on their thesis and receive feedback and guidance on this major project. PSLS 187 is the required pre-requisite for this course.

PSLS 287. Capstone Preparation Seminar. 3 Credits.

The thesis is a major research effort designed to enhance knowledge in an area related to one's professional work. This in-depth seminar prepares students for research and execution of the final thesis. Among the topics covered are best practices in research, effective use of the library and databases, crafting, a useful thesis outline and draft guidelines.

PSLS 321. Self Development Through Reflct Prac. 3 Credits.

This course is a guided journey into self-reflection. From a list provided by the instructor, each student will select and read a different book on leadership. Students will share their interpretations and perspectives on the author's approach to leadership as well as discern how it applies to their own personal development.

PSLS 351. Organizational Leadership. 3 Credits.

Adult learners examine major leadership theories and research and explore their application to individual and group functioning in work and home settings. Leadership styles are covered through readings and class practice.

PSLS 368. Leadership & Literature. 3 Credits.

Through intense discussion each work of literature will be examined; particular attention will be given to issues which resonate with the modern-day business world and the leadership it demands. Students are expected to complete a weekly two-page typewritten reaction paper along with the formulation of questions for class discussion. A final paper will be assigned.

PSLS 375. Organizational Ethics. 3 Credits.

This module begins by assisting students in discovering and articulating who they are and what they believe by reviewing several religious traditions, philosophical thinkers and scientific theorists. In addition, the module adds the theory of business ethics, social responsibility, and an ethical decision-making framework. Within the context of domestic and international case studies, students analyze complex issues, apply principles, and view alternative approachers and perspectives.

PSLS 399. Independent Research. 1 Credit.

Individual study and/or research under faculty supervision. Repeatable.

PSLS 401. Social Issues in the Workplace. 3 Credits.

This module presents an analysis of major contemporary social problems. Particular attention is given to the problems of poverty, racism, sexism, drug and alcohol abuse, and illiteracy and their impact on the contemporary workplace. Consideration is given to diverse sociological perspectives regarding the causes, consequences, and solutions to these problems.

PSLS 420. Contemporary Issues in Mgmt. 3 Credits.

In this course students read and analyze contemporary, popular business literature. Through discussions and assignments students will review successful business practices and important managerial precepts, explore current career and financial strategies, and grow as leaders who are better able to handle complex management issues.

PSLS 450. Strategic Planning. 3 Credits.

This module introduces students to various management planning models and techniques and applies these to business cases. It stresses the concepts of business planning and strategic management.

PSLS 487. Capstone Project-Final Thesis. 3 Credits.

The Capstone Project is a major research effort designed to enhance knowledge in an area related to one's professional work. This course is the culmination of a final oral presentation in class and the submission of the final written thesis. Pre-requisite: All core courses must be completed.

Professional Studies Math Courses

PSMT 221. Statistical Research Methods. 3 Credits.

This module is an introduction to research and its tools for the adult learner as both a consumer and producer of statistics and research. Specific emphasis is placed upon helping students to complete the Research Project and understand managerial decision-making.

Professional Studies Psychology Courses

PSPY 249. Industrial Psychology. 3 Credits.

This module is an exploration of the values and perceptions of selected groups affecting social and economic life through an analysis of policies and procedures relating to recruitment, selection, training, development, and compensation of employees.

PSPY 280. General Psychology. 3 Credits.

A survey course that explores the fundamental concepts of human and animal behavior. We will emphasize human development, learning and memory, psychological testing, personality and abnormal behavior.

PSPY 316. Ten Theories of Human Nature. 3 Credits.

A course to help students understand how humanity has struggled to comprehend its nature by exploring the ideas of major philosophies and thinkers from ancient eastern traditions to theories of modern psychology. Students will critically examine each theory on four points - the nature of the universe, the nature of humanity, the ills of humanity, and the prposed cure for these ills. Participants will consider who we are, what motivates us, and how we can understand and improve the world.

PSPY 381. Applied Psychology - Managers. 3 Credits.

Topic outline for this course includes: adjusting to modern life; theories of personality; stress and its effects; coping processes; social thinking and social influence; interpersonal communication; careers and work; psychology and physical health; the self; friendship and love; marriage and intimate relationships.

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