Master’s in Professional Studies Online
Master of Science in Professional Studies
Drexel’s online Master’s in Professional Studies program draws from multiple disciplines to help you gain modern and vital interpersonal and analytical skills. With competition high in today’s workplace, the ability to collaborate, negotiate, and lead virtual and on-site teams is crucial to success. As such, the program is perfect for working professionals who want to fill in the gaps to pursue a promotion, change careers, or hone expert understanding of emerging trends and ideas.
Master’s in Professional Studies Online Program Features
- 45 quarter credits
- A highly interactive online learning method allows extensive interaction with faculty and other classmates
- The Interdisciplinary Workplace Competencies, which features classes from the LeBow School of Business, the Close School of Entrepreneurship, the School of Education, and the College of Arts and Sciences, allows you to apply your knowledge and learned skills across many industries
What Skills Will I Build in the MS in Professional Studies?
The online MS in Professional Studies at Drexel may help you develop skills that apply to specific job-related duties. You’ll learn to:
Enhance your oral, written, and non-verbal communication skills to lead and work with others in the workplace and virtual meetings
- Lead People and Organizations
Refine strategic decision skills and gain an understanding of how to attract and sustain talent
- Act Ethically
Develop a moral and ethical framework from which organizational decisions can be made
- Think Analytically
Learn to conduct research and collect data using proven scientific methods, then evaluate and analyze that data to make profitable decisions in the workplace
What Can You Do with a Master’s in Professional Studies?
A master’s in Professional Studies may help you build workplace skills to launch a career, switch careers, or advance in a current career. Our professors are career professionals who bring real-world expertise to the virtual classroom. As such, you may build the skills needed to advance in industries such as communications, human resources, finance, insurance, marketing, utilities, and pharmaceuticals.
Many of the students in this program have at least three years of work experience. They may work in lower management positions and want to move into management, but have limited options without the quantitative and qualitative skills necessary to succeed in today’s workplace. Regardless of the career path you choose, the MS in Professional Studies degree will allow you to leverage yourself into middle and upper management, with continued possibilities for further advancement.
Depending on your interests, goals and prior education, potential jobs for MPS graduates might include:
- Account Underwriter
- Business Consultant
- Business Developer
- Communications Specialist
- Competitive Intelligence Analyst
- Data Management Specialist
- Human Resources Manager
- Intelligence Analyst
- Operations Research Analyst
- Policy Analyst
What are the Salary Expectations for Graduates with a Master’s in Professional Studies?
Salary expectations for graduates with a Master’s in Professional Studies may link with your career niche. Also, if you’re stepping from a generalist role into a leadership role sometimes this means a jump in pay.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported that professionals with a master’s degree earn an average weekly salary of $1,401, while bachelor’s degree holders earn an average weekly salary of $1,173 — a difference of $228 per week. The data clearly points to increased earnings and decreased unemployment as educational attainment rises.
The following visualization lists some of the jobs where a professional studies master’s degree may be useful, the projected growth, and the median annual salaries.
Median Annual Salary
Competitive Intelligence Analyst
Data Management Specialist
Human Resources Manager
Operations Research Analyst
*Data from bls.gov
How Long Does it Take to Earn a Master’s in Professional Studies?
An average full-time online student will need 2 years to earn a Master of Professional Studies. Drexel’s program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year which may allow you to take more courses in a shorter time frame.
Reasons to Consider a Master’s in Professional Studies
There’s a rise in popularity of Master of Professional Studies programs and a few reasons that make them a worthwhile pursuit. They’re flexible, practical, and in-tune with emerging industry needs.
An online degree offers at-work students the opportunity to build skills for the next step in their career without giving up their job. Because there’s usually some fieldwork or independent research, you’ll also have the chance to test-drive and refine your new abilities along the way. At Drexel, you’ll have access to a portfolio platform and will submit your portfolio as part of your Capstone experience.
Today, knowing the theory behind how to do something isn’t always enough. You must understand how to funnel theory into practical decisions that drive positive outcomes.
Technology is changing the face of decision making. If you graduated with a bachelor’s degree some time ago, an MS in Professional Studies can help you understand how to collect, analyze, and use data. This may help you lead people, projects, and teams with a strategic mindset.
For questions, please contact:
Anne Converse Willkomm
Director, Graduate Studies
This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.
|PRST 501||Communication for Professionals||3.0|
|PRST 503||Ethics for Professionals||3.0|
|PRST 504||Introduction to Research Methods & Design||3.0|
|PRST 603||Communicating in Virtual Teams||3.0|
|PRST 612||Data Analysis and Interpretation||3.0|
|PRST 615||Program Evaluation||3.0|
|PRST 640||Policy Analysis||3.0|
|PRST 655||The Art & Science of Influencing Others||3.0|
|PRST 670||Fostering Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace||3.0|
|Electives (Select Four)||12.0|
|COM 610||Theories of Communication and Persuasion|
|CRTV 503||Creativity in the Workplace|
|CRTV 610||Creativity and Change Leadership|
|CRTV 630||Global Perspectives on Creativity|
|ENTP 611||Learning from Failure|
|ENTP 621||Innovation & Ideation|
|ENTP 631||Building Internal & External Relationships|
|ENTP 641||Innovation in Established Companies|
|MGMT 510||Business Problem Solving|
|ORGB 625||Leadership and Professional Development|
|ORGB 631||Leading Effective Organizations|
|PRST 700||Capstone I: Project Exploration||1.5|
|PRST 701||Capstone II: Topical Analysis||4.5|
You’ll be required to maintain a portfolio throughout the program. Access to the portfolio platform is provided by the University at no additional charge. Over the course of the program, you’ll add written assignments, projects, presentations, links to videos, and any other specimens to showcase learned skills, knowledge, or growth in one of 8 areas: Communication; Creative and/or Critical Thinking & Information Literacy; Ethical Reasoning & Responsible Citizenship; Global Competence; Leadership; Personal Reflections; Capstone; and Professional Documentation. This portfolio will be submitted as part of your Capstone experience. After completing the program, you may choose to maintain your portfolios for a small annual fee.
- Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institution
- Three years of prior work experience preferred
With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.
- A completed application
- Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
- Two professional letters of recommendation
- Essay of approximately 250-500 words describing why you're interested in the program
- Quality and quantity of professional experience will be evaluated
- Additional requirements for International Students
- GRE/GMAT scores
- Example of a work project that demonstrates your current skill
- Course syllabus and description for any prior coursework you'd like considered for transfer credit (6 credits max)
An interview may be requested.
The tuition rate for the academic year 2020-2021 is $1074 per credit. (A 20% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1342 per credit)
- This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
- Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations
- These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
- These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
- Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
- All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
- Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
- When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.
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