Online Master of Professional Studies

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Total Courses
Cost per Credit
1 year
Average Completion*
15 Hours/Week
Course Effort

Master’s Degree in Professional Studies Overview

Come back and move your career forward. Build your own custom master’s degree to further your goals, increase your marketability, and gain a competitive edge.

  • Select courses from a broad spectrum of areas, including business, IT, government, nonprofit, legal studies, military, and more.
  • Get the credit you deserve. Use your past graduate coursework toward your degree requirements.
  • Earn a valuable graduate certificate in diversity, equity, and inclusivity (DEI) as an optional concentration.
  • Gain skills employers are looking for, such as professional global communication, research methods and data literacy, ethics, visionary leadership, understanding conflict and collaboration, competitive positioning, planning, and decision-making.

First Step: Create Your ILP

Work with a Purdue Global faculty Advisor to custom design your Individualized Learning Plan (ILP):

  1. Create your personal career goal statement.
  2. Review your previously earned college credits.
  3. Identify what Purdue Global courses you’ll need to take.
See Program Degree Plan and Policies

Maximize Your Credits

Transfer credits for previous graduate coursework to graduate sooner and save on tuition.

Purdue Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC ( is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Admissions Requirements

A bachelor’s degree is required to enroll in a graduate program. You will need to provide an official transcript that shows completion of your bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, though an unofficial copy may be provided during the application process. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

What Courses Will I Take?

You’ll complete the core and major requirements and choose electives that support the goals developed in your ILP. You can select electives from a variety of areas or focus on a concentration in diversity, equity, and inclusivity. Each course is taught by an experienced professional with extensive real-world knowledge.

Sample Courses

  • Graduate Capstone in Professional Studies
  • Professional Global Communication
  • Professional Research Methods and Data Literacy
  • Professional and Organizational Ethics
  • Visionary Leadership, Conflict, and Collaboration
See Professional Studies Degree Plan

Program Requirements

Core Credits
Major Credits
Total Credits

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Concentration

Gain the tools and specialized skills needed to become an agent of organizational change. This concentration will help you cultivate a diverse and inclusive workplace in a wide variety of career fields. Students who successfully complete the concentration will also earn a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity (DEI) Graduate Certificate.

Upcoming Start Dates

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Program Outcomes

  • Communication: Communicate effectively in a diverse global environment.
  • Research and Data Literacy: Apply data-driven approaches to making decisions that improve professional practice and implement innovative solutions.
  • Ethical Leadership: Evaluate the ethical implications of organizational decisions in the broader global community.
  • Problem-Solving: Analyze information from multiple sources and provide solutions to problems in a professional context that demonstrate strategic thinking.
  • Development: Develop an individualized program-specific outcome directly corresponding to the student's area of study and matching their professional area of interest.

Ways to Save on Time and Tuition

Purdue Global works with students to find ways to reduce costs and make education more accessible. Contact us to learn about opportunities to save on your educational costs.

Transfer Credits

Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions.

Financial Aid

Learn about federal financial aid programs available for many of our degree programs.

Grants and Loans

Learn about federal and state grants and loan programs that may be available.

Corporate Partner Benefits

Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.

Military Tuition Reduction

Graduate tuition savings for military include a 17–30% reduction per credit for current servicemembers and, 14% per credit for veterans for graduate programs.

Prior Military Experience

Earn credit for your military training. We offer credit for ACE-evaluated training and CLEP and DANTES examinations.

International Tuition Reduction

International students living outside of the United States are eligible for a 25% international student tuition reduction.

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Calculate Your Time and Cost

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Master of Professional Studies Career Opportunities

Earning your master’s in professional studies from Purdue Global can prepare you for a wide variety of career outcomes, depending on your interests, background, and previous work experience. Begin a new career or prepare to pursue opportunities in a number of rewarding fields.

Average Salary


General labor market and salary data are provided by Lightcast and may not represent the outcomes experienced by Purdue Global graduates in these programs. Purdue Global graduates in these programs may earn salaries substantially different or less than the amounts listed above. Salary and employment outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, education, and opportunities for employment that are outside of Purdue Global's control.

Lightcast average salary ranges can be explored further using Lightcast’s SkillsMatch tool. Purdue Global does not guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.

See Notes and Conditions below for important information.

Take a Career Assessment

Discover your work interests, and use them to chart your ideal career path.

Program Brochure

Download our brochure to learn more about our Master of Professional Studies and the benefits of earning your degree at Purdue Global.

Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.


Faculty members who have advanced degrees


Faculty members who hold a doctorate


Faculty publications in 2021–2022

More Than 38,000

Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2021–2022

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school- or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2022. 2021–2022 academic year.

Your Path to Success Begins Here

Connect with an Advisor to explore program requirements, curriculum, credit for prior learning process, and financial aid options.


*Estimated Graduation Date and Average Completion: Estimated graduation date is based on the assumption that you will enroll in time to begin classes on the next upcoming start date, will remain enrolled for each consecutive term, and will maintain satisfactory academic standing in each term to progress toward completion of your program. Completion time is based on a full-time schedule. Programs will take longer for part-time students to complete.

Credit for Prior Learning: Purdue Global does not guarantee transferability of credit from any of these sources. See the University Catalog for the Prior Learning policy.