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  • MS in Professional Studies

    Overview

    Drexel’s online Master's in Professional Studies program has been modernized to provide the highly-valued interpersonal skills you need to collaborate, negotiate, and lead effectively in today’s competitive workplace. The Interdisciplinary Workplace Competencies concentration, in which you'll take courses 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 multiple industries.

    Program Goals

    The MS in Professional Studies Program aims to equip you with the following demonstrable skills:

    • Communication - Enhance your oral, written, and non-verbal communication skills to easily and effectively relate to, collaborate with, and lead others in the workplace – both in-person and virtually
    • Leadership - Gain the necessary tools to lead people and organizations through the act of negotiation, attracting and sustaining talent, and thinking and acting strategically to achieve results
    • Critical Inquiry - Learn to conduct research and collect data using proven scientific methods, and then evaluate and analyze that data to make profitable decisions in the workplace 
    • Ethics - Develop a moral and ethical framework from which organizational decisions can be made 

    Prospective Student Profile

    This degree is perfect for those looking to launch, change, or advance their careers. Typically, students in this program have been in the workforce for at least three years and are currently in lower management positions or looking to move into management, but have limited options without the quantitative and qualitative skills necessary to succeed in today’s workplace.

    Career Advancement

    Our professors are career professionals bringing real-world expertise to the virtual classroom, arming you with the skills needed to advance in industries such as communications, human resources, finance, insurance, marketing, utilities, and pharmaceuticals. 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.

    For questions, please contact:

    Anne Converse Willkomm
    Director, Graduate Studies
    215.571.3257
    acw334@drexel.edu


    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.

    Courses

    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.

    Term 1: Fall 
    PRST 501Communication for Professionals3.0
    PRST 503Ethics for Professionals3.0
    Term 2: Winter 
    PRST 504Research Methods & Statistics3.0
    PRST 603 Communicating in Virtual Teams3.0
    Term 3: Spring 
    PRST 612Data Analysis and Interpretation3.0
    PRST 615Program Evaluation3.0
    Term 4: Summer 
    PRST 640Policy Analysis3.0
    PRST 655The Art of Influencing Others3.0
    Term 5: Fall 
    COM 610Theories of Communication and Persuasion3.0
    ORGB 625Leadership and Professional Development3.0
    Term 6: Winter 
    ENTP 641Innovation in Established Companies3.0
    ORGB 631Leading Effective Organizations3.0
    Term 7: Spring
    CRTV 503Creativity in the Workplace3.0
    PRST 700Capstone I1.5
    Term 8: Summer 
    PRST 701Capstone II4.5
    Total Credits45.0

    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.

    Admissions Criteria

    • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institution
    • Three years of prior work experience preferred

      Required Documents

      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
          • Resume
            • Quality and quantity of professional experience will be evaluated
          • Additional requirements for International Students

          Optional Documents

          • 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.

          Tuition

          The tuition rate for the academic year 2017-2018 is $983 per credit. (A 20% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1228 per credit)


          • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
          • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
            • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
            • 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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          Academic Calendar

          2017-2018 Academic Year

          Term 
          Classes Begin 
          Classes End 
          Exams Begin 
          Exams End 

          Fall 2017     

          September 25, 2017

          December 9, 2017

          December 11, 2017

          December 16, 2017

          Winter 2018 

          January 8, 2018

          March 17, 2018

          March 19, 2018

          March 24, 2018

          Spring 2018 

          April 2, 2018

          June 9, 2018

          June 11, 2018

          June 15, 2018

          Summer 2018 

          June 25, 2018

          September 1, 2018

          September 4, 2018

          September 8, 2018

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