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 GoalsThe 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 virtuallyLeadership - 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 ProfileThis 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 AdvancementOur 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 firstname.lastname@example.orgState restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more. Curriculum 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.Core Courses PRST 501Communication for Professionals3.0PRST 503Ethics for Professionals3.0PRST 504Research Methods & Statistics3.0PRST 603Communicating in Virtual Teams3.0PRST 612Data Analysis and Interpretation3.0PRST 615Program Evaluation3.0PRST 640Policy Analysis3.0PRST 655The Art & Science of Influencing Others3.0Concentration COM 610Theories of Communication and Persuasion3.0CRTV 503Creativity in the Workplace3.0ENTP 641Innovation in Established Companies3.0ORGB 625Leadership and Professional Development3.0ORGB 631Leading Effective Organizations3.0Capstone PRST 700Capstone I: Project Exploration1.5PRST 701Capstone II: Topical Analysis4.5Total Credits45.0You’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.View Course Descriptions Admissions Criteria Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institutionThree years of prior work experience preferredRequired DocumentsWith multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.A completed applicationOfficial transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attendedTwo professional letters of recommendationEssay of approximately 250-500 words describing why you're interested in the program ResumeQuality and quantity of professional experience will be evaluatedAdditional requirements for International StudentsOptional DocumentsGRE/GMAT scoresExample of a work project that demonstrates your current skillCourse 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 Alumni, Military 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. Leadership Resources Sneak Peek at a Week in the MS in Professional Studies Program October 2017Take a deeper dive into the MS in Professional Studies program before you enroll! 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Read More 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 Apply today for the MS in Professional Studies Apply now to begin your application for obtaining a Drexel degree online! or Previously enrolled at Drexel? Learn more about readmission. Any problems? Find help or contact us.