M.S. in Professional Studies Student
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Master of Science in Professional Studies

An Innovative, Interdisciplinary Graduate Degree That Flexes to Fit Career Goals

This forward-thinking online master’s degree program in professional studies allows you to leverage transfer credits, certificate programs, and interdisciplinary electives to construct the perfect graduate program to start, advance or change your career. Its emphasis on global awareness, cultural sensitivity, and critical and creative thinking positions graduates for success in the nonprofit, government, education, and for-profit sectors.

WilmU’s M.S. in Professional Studies is designed to cultivate modern leaders.

Created with an eye on the future, this program prepares leaders with the capacity to recognize cultural perspectives and reflect on cultural differences; identify challenges and opportunities inherent in globalization; appreciate the nuances of diverse leadership styles; conduct analytical inquiry into local and global problems; and lead by influence for effective problem solving and collaboration.

Core courses provide durable skills and a solid foundation for success.

The master’s degree in professional studies builds upon a 15-credit foundation of core courses, including 21st Century Globalization, Global Leadership, Culture & Communications, and Research Writing. A three-credit Demonstration of Mastery project (thesis, internship or capstone) rounds out the foundation.

Customize the remaining degree components through a choice of flexible options

The remaining 18 credits of this exciting online professional studies master’s degree can be fulfilled in a number of ways.

Credit Transfer From Any Field: Up to 12 previously earned graduate-level credits from any field of study can be transferred and applied to this degree.

Certificate or Concentration: 15 to 18 credits can be fulfilled through completion of a WilmU graduate certificate or concentration that relates to your professional interests.

Personalized Learning Plan: Work with the program chair to design a learning plan from a list of approved WilmU courses.

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Specialized Professional Studies Concentration

  • Social and Emotional Intelligence

Finish your M.S. in Professional Studies in as little as 12 months.
11 courses 33 total credits

$1,611 per course

Cost of a typical 3-credit graduate degree course.
Wilmington University tuition is based on cost-per-credit.
You only pay for the courses you need to complete your master’s in Professional Studies degree.

The M.S. in Professional Studies program is available in the following formats and locations:



Career and Industry Outlook for Master of Science in Professional Studies Graduates

A M.S. in Professional Studies degree opens the door to career growth and leadership positions in many fields.

Source: Payscale.com and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

9% job growth

$70,000 Average Annual Salary


The Master of Professional Studies degree is the graduate program for those who want to finish what they’ve started. Students can transfer in previously earned graduate credits, and design their own learning path by earning a graduate certificate in a field of their choice while also attaining a master’s degree offering a core of global leadership competencies. — Dr. Johanna Bishop, Director, Behavioral Science Programs
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