Prepare to Advance with an Online Master’s in Professional Studies

The online MS in Professional Studies program provides a flexible, customizable graduate degree program for those looking to advance into leadership positions in a wide range of industries. 

Earn Your First 3 Credits at No Cost: Complete our Graduate Leadership Bootcamp and earn the first three credits for your master’s at Peirce for free - a savings of more than $2,300 in graduate tuition (and even more in books). Learn more.

Free Books:  New students can get free books for their first course. 

Earn Credit for What You Already Know, including expertise you have gained in your career. Learn more.

    What You Can Expect

    • Accelerated, online 7– and 8-week courses
    • The opportunity to customize your master's with courses aligned with your goals and interests
    • Weekly, optional, live online sessions with your professors
    • The opportunity to earn your first 3 credits for free
    • The opportunity to earn credit for what you have learned in your career
    • The ability to finish your master’s in less than 18 months
    • Lively interaction with your fellow busy adult students and faculty
    • To gain expertise that can be applied to your job on day one
    • Flexible formats that work around your busy schedule
    Upcoming Start Dates


    We are ready when you are ready! 
    Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 


    Upcoming Session Starts

    • Session 4: Week of March 11, 2024
    • Session 5: Week of May 6, 2024

    Program at a Glance:




    100% online

    Transfer Credits:

    Up to 9 transfer credits can be applied to this degree

    Estimated Tuition for Degree:


    *Based on regular graduate tuition of $772 per credit.

    *Earn your first three credits at no cost via our Leadership Bootcamp and reduce your tuition by more than $2,300.

    See if you are eligible for a corporate discount


    *Tuition is based on current tuition and does not include fees or books.

    Emergency Student Aid

    Emergency Student Aid grants are available for Peirce students. Grants can be used to pay off balances, cover tuition, buy books, and for all costs of attendance, including food, rent, childcare, and transportation. Learn more.

    MS in Professional Studies Curriculum

    Total Credits: 30


    Requirement PrerequisiteCredits
    OLM 501Foundations of Contemporary Leadership - Theory & Practice
    OLM 521Ethical Decision Making  3
    OLM 531Leading Culturally and Generationally Diverse Populations 3
    OLM 540Business and Professional Communication 3
    Professional Studies Core*Students select four courses with a Graduate Faculty Advisor  12

    Research Core




    Guided Electives

    OLM 503 Applied Research Methods

    OLM 590 Capstone Project



    Two courses selected with Graduate Faculty Advisor 

    Total  30

    * Professional Studies Core credits may include any combination of:

    • Advisor-guided Peirce graduate courses 
    • Applied transfer credit, including approved Coursera courses
    • Credit for Prior Learning (PLA)

    Program Outcomes

    Graduates of the program will be able to:

    1. Synthesize and integrate leadership theories in two chosen Areas of Study 
    2. Integrate major theories of practice from two chosen Areas of Study.
    3. Develop and present the results of an interdisciplinary and individualized application to both research and practice.

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