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Applied Professional Studies (MA)
Applied Professional Studies (MA)
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Build your knowledge and advance your career with a professional studies degree

The Master of Arts in Applied Professional Studies (MA) from the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) is for adults who would benefit from a graduate degree program that’s personally relevant with room for flexibility and customization.

Whether you’re a working professional seeking career advancement, a career changer, or a curious learner, our Master’s of Professional Studies will deepen your knowledge, enhance your skills and advance your goals.

Our flexible approach to learning is shaped by your unique needs as an adult learner, with formats designed to fit your busy schedule. We offer options to study full-time or part-time, at night or on weekends online, with some classes offering virtual meetings.

Key Features

  • Earn credit for professional certificates.
  • ​Benefit from academic advising support.
  • Engage with fellow students—working professionals with diverse jobs, experience, and interests.
  • Complete your degree in as little as two years by taking two classes per quarter.​
  • The program​ can be completed online, with some classes offering virtual meetings.

Online Degree​

The online Master of Arts in Applied Professional Studies (MA) from DePaul’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) offers small class sizes and is taught by scholar-practitioners. Tailored to meet the needs of your busy schedule, you'll achieve the same learning outcomes as in-person classes through collaborative and engaged online learning.

Why choose an SCPS graduate degree?

Learn from scholar-practitioners.​

Customize your chosen track​.

Build upon your career and life experiences.

Advance in your career.

Apply what you learn into your existing work experience.

Combine certificates with degree tracks.

Master of Arts in Applied Professional Studies (MA) tracks:

For students looking to customize their own area of study by designing an individualized program with specific, academically grounded objectives in an applied professional field.

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For students who want to deepen their knowledge in the field of educating adults in professional, academic or community settings.

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For students interested in learning to leverage their existing business skills and influence the direction of their organizations and industries.

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Learning Outcomes

As a master’s of professional studies student, you’ll complete a common curriculum, along with coursework in your track. Throughout this program, you will achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • Expertise: Developing advanced knowledge and skills in the area of study.
  • Reflective Practice: Cultivating a regular habit of reflecting on professional
    activities to improve effectiveness and identify areas for growth.
  • Inquiry: Using systematic methods to investigate and improve practice and
  • Agency: Building and maintaining professional networks, and actively
    developing and refreshing key skills and knowledge.
  • Flexibility: Being able to anticipate and adapt to significant changes in the area
    of study or practice.​
  • Collaboration: Engaging with others to achieve personal, organizational, and
    professional goals, and working effectively in teams and partnerships.​​​

Information Sessions

​​Join us every month for an information session about the Applied Professional Studies (MA) program. Click the link below for more information and to sign up for our next information session!

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