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Lifecycle of a Professional Studies Student

NOTE: Applications are no longer being accepted for this program.

From the beginning stages of being interested in attending graduate school to applying to the Master of Science in Professional Studies to staying in touch after you graduate, Goodwin College of Professional Studies will provide the personal attention that is so valuable for someone looking to further their education.

We have broken down the admissions and academic process into a series of steps — the lifecycle of a graduate student in the Professional Studies program. Click each phase below for more information on what you can expect.


Thinking of pursuing a Master of Science in Professional Studies?

Here are some reasons for pursuing a graduate degree:

  • You are feeling unfulfilled in your career
  • Your peers have their master's degree and are getting promoted, but not you
  • You want to learn new skills in order to advance your current career or step into a leadership role

Before you apply, talk with family members, friends and colleagues, and decide which degree is best for you.

Applications and Acceptance

You have decided to pursue a Master of Science in Professional Studies at Goodwin College. This program will help you learn the skills necessary to succeed in the workplace, including skills in writing, strategic planning, persuasion, ethics, intercultural consciousness, critical thinking, and self-awareness.

First, you will need to begin the online application. To apply to the Master of Science in Professional Studies program, you need:

GREs are not required. If you have take the GREs or other standardized tests and wish to submit your scores, you are welcome to. We review your overall application, including your transcript, resume, personal statement, letters of recommendation and work history, and we will not discount your application based on any one area.

Classes and Projects

In the Master of Science in Professional Studies program, you will have to opportunity to work with experienced instructors and peers from across the country in a flexible, online format.

Take a look at our Sneak Peek at a Week in the Professional Studies program, complete with sample assignments, readings and lectures.

Portfolio and Capstone Projects

Beginning with the first course, you will curate a portfolio of both course and professional work demonstrating the skills you have learned in the program. By graduation, you will have a portfolio filled with work in:

  • Communications
  • Creative and Critical Thinking & Information Literacy
  • Ethical Reasoning and Responsible Citizenship
  • Global Competence
  • Leadership
  • Personal Reflections
  • Capstone Project
  • Professional Documentation

The two-course capstone sequence gives you the opportunity to dig deep into a specific area of interest and showcase your knowledge. Combined with your portfolio, this work is the perfect way to share your program experience with potential employers.

Career Guidance

Career preparation and guidance is woven throughout the Master of Science in Professional Studies program. In your core professional studies courses, you will review your resume and job description, practice conducting performance reviews, develop job negotiation skills, and complete your portfolio. The program director and your instructors are always available to discuss career options, review resumes and cover letters, and serve as sources of career knowledge as you navigate the job market.

In addition, you will have access to the many career preparation resources available through Steinbright Career Center, including:


You have finished your last class, written your final paper, and participated in just one more discussion — You did it!

Welcome to an established network that will help you advance your career. Goodwin College of Professional Studies will keep in touch through regular newsletters and events. We are always looking to highlight alumni accomplishments, and we will remain a constant source of support as you navigate the workplace. Congratulations!