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Individualized Focus Area
Individualized Focus Area Track
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Design your degree, 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 master’s of professional studies online degree as you design your own program with specific, academically grounded objectives in an applied professional field.

A team of advisors will help you integrate:

  • graduate-level coursework
  • applied-learning activities
  • academic inquiry
  • professional development

If you are an entrepreneurial student, this track is ideal for you. Since this track is not limited to a particular academic area, you’ll work with leaders in your field of interest to determine the appropriate professional studies standards for your unique focus. To help support your busy schedule, courses for this program are offered at our downtown campus or 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 essays, and interview with a faculty mentor.

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Required Courses

You will complete a minimum of 52 graduate credit hours, including 24 Credit Hours of independent work and/or Individualized Focus Area courses.

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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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