Master of Science in Professional Studies

Master of Science: 45.0 quarter credits

About the Program

The Master of Science in professional Studies program 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.

The degree contains a common core of knowledge and skills relevant for 21st century professionals in nearly every field. The degree also will provide knowledge and skills for immediate application in three important professional fields of study:

  • Creativity and Innovation Concentration 
    Students will form an in depth understanding of creativity, enhanced communication, and creative problem solving, while learning how these may be applied to practical situations that further workplace culture of creativity.
  • Educational Policy Concentration
    Students will learn the factors involved in educational policy-making and how to apply educational policy-making skills in their professional roles where applicable. The concentration is designed to prepare educators of all types in the decision-making process of educational policy development.
  • E-Learning Leadership Concentration
    Students will acquire knowledge of online and distance learning leadership theory and practice in emerging information and communication technologies, multimedia pedagogical strategies, and e-learning design and delivery.
  • Homeland Security Management Concentration
    Students will develop competencies relating to homeland security strategy and policy development, national security issues in terrorism, critical infrastructure protection, intelligence, land and maritime border and port protection, and developing technologies in homeland security.
  • Human Resource Development Concentration
    Students will develop the skills they need to strategically lead human resource development and align organizational learning with organizational goals. This concentration program addresses specific topics in human resource development, such as coaching and mentoring, implementing and evaluating change, performance competencies, and designing and developing multimedia applications for learning.

Courses will be offered in the fall, winter, spring, and summer, allowing students an opportunity to complete all degree requirements within two years.

For additional information, visit the Master of Science in Professional Studies web page.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed application form
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Undergraduate cumulative 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 (use our email address, 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. Click here to use the Transcript Lookup Tool to assist you in contacting your previous institutions.
  • Two letters of recommendation.  Drexel University Online now accepts electronic letters of recommendation.  Please access the following webpage for instructions regarding their submission:  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. For more information regarding international applicant requirements, view the International Students Admissions Information page. V
  • An interview may be requested. 

Visit the MS in Professional Studies Online Application page for more information about requirements and deadlines, as well as instructions for applying online.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Professional Studies program requires completion of 45.0 credit hours of study. The curriculum includes a core of 6 required courses (18.0 credits), 6 courses in an area of concentration (18.0 credits), a culminating capstone integrating the knowledge and skills acquired during the program (6.0 credits) and 3.0 credits of electives.  

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.


PRST 501 Communication for Professionals 3.0 Credits

This course covers applications of the communication discipline in professional settings. Students explore and assess the role of organizational, interpersonal, non-verbal, group, and employment communications in today's professional world. The main goal is to provide students with the tools necessary to become effective communicators in the workplace.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PRST 503 Ethics for Professionals 3.0 Credits

This course will focus on the application of ethical principles to organizational systems and decision-making. Emphasis will be placed on how ethical principles affect and are applied to policy-making, leadership behavior, systems of communication, technology use, and systems of organization.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PRST 504 Research Methods & Statistics 3.0 Credits

This course presents a systematic approach to managerial methods of conducting organizational research and analysis. Students will undergo the managerial research process of specifying the problem; translating the problem into specific research questions; designing the data collection and methodology; collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data; and reporting research results and recommendations.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PRST 512 Computing for Professionals 3.0 Credits

Uses Microsoft Office business application software and Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) to challenge and support students in their efforts to sharpen and integrate their computer, critical-thinking, problem-solving, data analysis, and reporting skills to achieve competency that addresses the demand for information technology proficiency in the new economy.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PRST 515 Program Evaluation 3.0 Credits

Measuring results in business is fairly straightforward. Measuring results in government and other non-profit organizations is not so precise. This course provides knowledge and skill required to apply the scientific method to the assessment of social programs (organized, goal-directed activities designed to address a social, humanistic, or other human-related problem).

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PRST 603 Communicating in Virtual Teams 3.0 Credits

This course explores the roles of virtual teams and allows students to experience the opportunities and challenges associated with communicating in a virtual environment.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PRST 612 Data Analysis and Interpretation 3.0 Credits

This course covers the use of a computerized statistical analysis tool to calculate parametric and non-parametric statistics. Students will use creative and critical thinking skills to interpret, communicate, and defend results.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: PRST 504 [Min Grade: C]

PRST 615 Program Evaluation 3.0 Credits

The course is designed to have students apply qualitative and quantitative methods to frame and implement an evaluation capable of being implemented in a broad range of for-profit and non-profit organizational settings, including those found in education, health care, government and private sector businesses. Students will study the purposes and models of program evaluation, roles of the evaluator and stakeholders, and address ethical issues associated with an evaluation. To gain practical experience with “continuous program improvement,” students will design an evaluation of an existing program.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PRST 640 Policy Analysis 3.0 Credits

The course analyzes the entire process of policy agenda-setting, initiation, decision-making, implementation, evaluation and assessment. Students will be equipped with tools to analyze and understand the entire process of policy formation in any public or private enterprise. The skills developed in the course can be used in many professional fields.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

PRST 690 Special Topics in Professional Studies 1.0-12.0 Credit

Covers special topics of interest in professional studies. This course may be repeated for credit.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 18 times for 18 credits

PRST 699 Independent Study in Professional Studies 0.5-6.0 Credits

Provides individual study or research in professional studies under faculty supervision. This course may be repeated for credit.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 12 times for 6 credits

Multidisciplinary & Emerging Programs Faculty

Frank Anbari, PMP, PhD (Drexel University) Project Management Program. Clinical Professor. Transportation engineering; project scheduling; project cost management; earned value management; project quality management; project leadership; project management education; Six Sigma.
Kimberly Mitchell, PhD (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University ) Property Management Program. Associate Teaching Professor. Multi-family real estate operations, sustainability, affordability, and policy; asset management; real estate development.
Fredricka K. Reisman, PhD (Syracuse University) Director of the Torrance Center for Creativity and Innovation. Professor. Mathematics education, learning mathematics, mathematics pedagogy, teacher education, heuristic diagnostic learning and teaching, theory and research in creativity and applied creativity.
Victor Sohmen, PhD (University of Queensland) Project Management Program. Associate Clinical Professor. Extensive international experience in teaching, research, publication, and practice in diverse areas of: general management; project management; cost engineering; pedagogy; curriculum development; distance learning technology; research methodology; cross-cultural studies; and international business.

Interdepartmental Faculty

Scott J. White, PhD (University of Bristol, UK) Director, Computing & Security Technology Program. Associate Clinical Professor. Homeland security; operational risk management; infrastructure protection; intelligence, crime & counter-terrorism.
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