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Individualized Focus Area
Individualized Focus Area Track
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Design your degree and reshape your future with an online professional studies degree​​

Tailor your degree to reshape your future with an online professional studies degree. In the Individualized Focus Area track of the Master of Arts in Applied Professional Studies (MA), you’ll customize your online degree with specific courses with academically grounded objectives.

An advisor will help you integrate:

  • graduate-level coursework
  • applied-learning activities
  • academic inquiry
  • professional development
To help support your busy schedule, courses for this program are offered online.​

Leverage our location and connections with Chicago

Located in the heart of Chicago, you’ll join a community of dynamic educators, peers, alumni and industry leaders in a world-class city. The real-world learning you gain will build more than skills. Here, our passionate faculty members are closely connected to a wide range of industries full of companies and organizations that call Chicago home. With their help, and through networking opportunities, you’ll build new connections with it - taking your life and career to the next level.

Application Deadlines

Applications are reviewed on a revolving basis.

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, official transcripts, résumé or curriculum vitae, a few brief essay questions, and an interview with an admissions committee member.​​​​

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Required Courses

You will complete a minimum of 52 graduate credit hours (13 courses), which includes a Capstone Project.​

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​​​​Information Sessions

Curious about the Individualized Focus Area track? 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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Graduate school is an investment in your future. Learn more about the financial aid and scholarship opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact the Office of Graduate Admission at (312)-362-5744 or

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