Applied Professional Studies, M.A. | Online | University of Wisconsin-Parkside | United States
24 months
18767 USD/year
18767 USD/year
9173 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Develop advanced in-demand skills to meet immediate workplace needs. The Applied Professional Studies program from University of Wisconsin-Parkside focuses on industry specific skills that employers are looking for today while combining real-world application. 


The Applied Professional Studies program at University of Wisconsin-Parkside is designed for the working professionals - offering a flexible format, online courses, and affordable opportunity to achieve your professional and personal goals that align with potential for career advancement and upskilling needs.

Employers want people who can communicate effectively, work effectively with data, think strategically, and practice leadership in team settings. We all have some idea what that means, but the Masters Degree in Applied Professional Studies demonstrates to employers without a doubt that you have applied learning exactly in those areas. It is a degree in the soft skills that are so important in the 21st century.

Our courses are designed for working professionals. We offer them on online in full semester and 7 week sessions, year-round. Most students complete the program in two academic years, but you can schedule a pace that works for you. The 30-credit curriculum includes core courses (15 credits) and a concentration (15 credits) selected to meet your specific career interests. (You may also work with one of our advisors to create a specialized concentration.)

Core Program

Upon completion of the core program, you will be able to:

  • Employ effective communication strategies for diverse settings and audiences
  • Consider organizational change in the context of a dynamic society 
  • Evaluate and critique existing structures in the public or private sector
  • Plan effective implementation strategies
  • Produce a problem-solving policy based on evidence, professional inquiry, and decisive action
  • Develop strategies to resolve value-based conflict 
  • Analyze and interpret data in the professional setting.


  • Leadership and Public Service
  • Data Visualization and Interpretation 
  • Content Expertise for the Professional Educator 

This is a skill based major - all of our courses are designed to give you the opportunity to practice what you are learning and to see the immediate utility of these skills. Even the final course you take is an applied project, which you can use to demonstrate your skills to your current or future employer.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Formal Organization  
  • Applied Research for Professionals  
  • Professional Ethics 
  • Professional Communication  
  • Practicum
  • Advanced Program Evaluation
  • Special Topics in Public Service

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH



Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants are required to have an undergraduate degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.75, or if the applicants has a graduate degree the GPA requirement is waived
  • Applicants are not required to take the GRE or MAT assessment for admission to the program
  • Applicants are also required to submit all undergraduate transcripts
  • A current resume/CV
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably one from a current supervisor if employed

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18767 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18767 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    18767 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18767 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    9173 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9173 USD per year during 24 months.
  • Online $35/credit in addition to tuition


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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