Goodwin College of Professional Studies

The Goodwin College of Professional Studies offers the Masters in Professional Studies program which is designed for individuals and practitioners with established career paths who are interested in developing marketable skills to meet evolving workforce demands; seeking professional development; and expanding promotional opportunities.

About the Program

The MS in Professional Studies degree contains a common core of knowledge and skills relevant for 21st century professionals in nearly every field. The curriculum is the result of a collaboration of research and scholarship with practical, industry-inspired experience and consists of a solid foundation of core courses, plus a choice of one of the following concentrations:

  • Creativity & Innovation
  • Educational Policy
  • E-Learning Leadership
  • Homeland Security Management
  • Human Resource Development

The Masters in Professional Studies is a part-time graduate degree program that is offered entirely online.

Admission Requirements

Acceptance to the program requires:

  • Completed online application form
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (graduate degree GPAs will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA). Applicants with a cumulative GPA below 3.0 may be considered.
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended. Instead of hard copy transcripts, you may supply official electronic transcripts issued by a post-secondary institution directly to Drexel University Online. You must supply transcripts regardless of the number of credits earned or the type of school you attended. If you do not list all post-secondary institutions on your application and these are listed on transcripts received from other institutions, processing of your application will be delayed until you have submitted the remaining transcripts. Use our Transcript Look-up Tool to assist you in contacting your previous institutions.
  • Two letters of recommendation. Drexel University Online now accepts electronic letters of recommendation. Submission instructions are available at: If a recommender prefers to submit an original, hard copy letter of recommendation, please remind the recommender that it must be signed and submitted in a sealed envelope signed across the flap by the recommender.
  • Personal essay — between 500-750 words, describing your interest in the program. Specifically, please discuss the following:
    • How the program relates to your previous educational activities
    • If changing course, why are you moving in a new direction with your educational goals
    • How the program relates to your current line of work
    • How you plan to apply the program to your future goals
  • Resume
  • International students must submit a TOEFL score of 550 or higher. View additional International students requirements.
  • An interview may be requested.

Degree Requirements

Core Courses
PRST 501Communication for Professionals3.0
PRST 503Ethics for Professionals3.0
PRST 504Research Methods & Statistics3.0
PRST 612Data Analysis and Interpretation3.0
PRST 615Program Evaluation3.0
PROJ 501Introduction to Project Management3.0
Select one of the following concentrations:
Creativity & Innovation Concentration
Foundations in Creativity
Tools and Techniques in Creativity
Creativity in the Workplace
Creativity and Change Leadership
Research Methods and Assessment of Creative and Innovative Thinking
Global Perspectives on Creativity
Educational Policy Concentration
Education Policy: Concepts, Issues, and Applications
Shaping of American Education Policy: Global Forces
American Educational Policy and U.S. Competitiveness
Ethics in Educational Policy Making
Access & Equity in Educational Policy Making
Educational Policy-Making Tactics & Influence
E-Learning Leadership Concentration
The Purpose and Business of E-Learning
E-Learning Technologies
Teaching and Learning Issues in E-Learning
Learning Technologies & Disabilities
Design & Delivery of E-Learning I
Design & Delivery of E-Learning II
Homeland Security Management Concentration
Introduction to Homeland Security
Terrorism and Homeland Security
Critical Infrastructure Protection
Technology for Homeland Security
National Security Intelligence
Human Resource Development
Designing and Developing Multimedia Applications For Learning
Foundations of Human Resources Development *
Leading and Evaluating Change
Coaching and Mentoring for Sustainable Learning
Strategic Competencies for HRD Leaders
Organizational Learning & Strategy
Select one of the following:
Public Management in Crisis
Emergency Incident Risk Management
Policy Analysis
Communicating in Virtual Teams
Special Topics in Professional Studies
Capstone Requirements6.0
Students complete one of the following capstone course sequences in their chosen area of concentration:
Applied Project in Creativity Studies I
Applied Project in Creativity Studies II
E-Learning Leadership
Applied Project in E-Learning Leadership I
Applied Project in E-Learning Leadership II
Educational Policy
Special Topics in Professional Studies **
Special Topics in Professional Studies **
Homeland Security Management
Applied Project in Homeland Security Management I
Applied Project in Homeland Security Management II
Human Resource Development
Special Topics in Professional Studies **
Special Topics in Professional Studies **
Total Credits45.0


Students with an MS in Human Resource Development are not required to take EHRD 500.

Students wishing to complete the Certificate in Human Resource Development must take an additional course, EHRD 604 Developing Human Resources.


The special topics courses are placeholders while the capstone courses in these fields are undergoing approval.

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