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  • MS in Professional Studies

    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.

    Hear From Our Students

    Recent MS in Professional Studies graduate, Nora Kzirian, shares her experience as an online student at Drexel and how earning her degree has helped her excel within her career.

    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

    Drexel University offers a variety of Graduate Minors that can be added to any master's degree program.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    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 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
    Total Credits 45.0

    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.

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    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.


          The tuition rate for the academic year 2019-2020 is $1043 per credit. (A 20% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1303 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.
            • 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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          Academic Calendar

          2019-2020 Academic Year


          Classes Begin

          Classes End

          Exams Begin

          Exams End

          Fall 2019

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          Winter 2020

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          Spring 2020

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          Summer 2020

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