Philadelphia University is focused on innovation and has a long history of providing students with an academic experience that gives them a real competitive advantage. That's why we decided to make more of our programs available online. Through Philadelphia University Online we can offer our unique approach, Nexus Learning - active, collaborative learning that is connected to the real world and infused with the liberal arts - to a wider range of students.
Our online degree programs are designed for professional adults who want to advance their careers and fulfill the dream of receiving a college degree. Philadelphia University Online programs integrate theory and practice with ties to industry, bringing 128 years of experience in traditional education to students' computers, laptops, tablets and even phones.
PhilaU Online courses are offered in the Blackboard Learning System incorporating multi-media technology, message boards, audio, video and email centralization to deliver course material as effectively as the classroom setting; to create an engaging community among student peers; and to facilitate communication with professors. Philadelphia University Online also provides support services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Philadelphia University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
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The program has integrated components of theory and practice, with six terms of study integrated with four terms of clinical experience. The curriculum also includes two on-campus sessions for intensive learning of hand skills, critical reflection and time to bond with classmates and faculty. The program will begin with an online orientation held at a distance, with several sessions over several days.
The theoretical components of the program are learned through readings, seminar discussions, and problem-based learning tutorials. Mastery is demonstrated through writing assignments, return demonstrations, quizzes, case studies, peer review and proctored examinations.
The practice components are learned through a clinical practicum under the direction of a qualified midwife preceptor.
A major component of the curriculum is called Problem Based Learning (PBL). This occurs in small groups centered around discussion and inquiry. A specific, real world clinical scenario serves as the impetus for acquisition of knowledge and professional behaviors underpinning midwifery practice and interdisciplinary teams. PBL teaching methods are used in medical, midwifery and nursing schools around the world.
Our model of putting the midwife back into midwifery education has been possible at a distance by the use of computer technology. The curriculum is rich with pearls of wisdom from experienced midwifery faculty. A Midwife Tutors follow each class throughout the program, modeling the midwifery value of continuity of care. Students meet in computer Seminar Rooms that are full of thoughtful discussions about the art and science of midwifery practice, case presentations and reflections of role transition to midwifery. Our primarily asynchronous system allows this to happen, day and night, seven days a week, when the individual is ready to focus on school, and yet be in the comfort of one’s own home.
Financial aid is only available for those who qualify.
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Earn your Masters of Business Administration in one of six concentration areas in the way that best fits your life and career with full and part-time scheduling options.
Learn more about our Innovation MBA concentration options:
Full-time students can earn their degree in only 12 months–an excellent option to immediately follow undergraduate programs. Part-time students can study on a schedule that accommodates their career and earn their graduate degree in as few as 24 months to achieve their next career goal.
Taught by a faculty of active industry experts, the program brings invaluable, real-world experience into the classroom – from global learning to teamwork, collaboration and industry projects, students graduate exceptionally well-prepared to lead in the global marketplace. Unique features include streamlined foundation courses, allowing students from any background to get up-to-speed over a single semester; the option to take the unique International Innovation Trip, a component of a course taught abroad at a varying location; and access to top internships through industry connections.
Graduates of the Innovation MBA program are dynamic problem-solvers and entrepreneurial thinkers with the know-how and connections to kick start and quickly excel in their careers.
Financial aid is only available for those who qualify.
Philadelphia University’s combined B.S. in Health Sciences and M.S. in Athletic Training is designed to help meet the growing demand for professional Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC) in a cohesive, expedited five-year program, beginning in fall 2016. This program is constructed to prepare highly motivated students with an interest in the medical field to sit for the National Athletic Trainer’s Association Board of Certification (NATABOC) examination upon graduation. PhilaU is currently seeking accreditation for their new Athletic Training program and is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). The institution will be submitting a self-study to begin the accreditation process on July 1, 2017. Submission of the self-study and completion of a site visit does not guarantee that the program will become accredited. Students that graduate from the program prior to accreditation WILL NOT be eligible to sit for the credentialing examination for athletic trainers and will not be eligible for licensure in most states.
ATCs work with physically active individuals to help prevent injuries, offer advice about appropriate equipment, recognize and evaluate injuries, administer emergency treatment, and determine need for specialized medical care. ATCs are an integral part of the healthcare team and provide health care to individuals in the areas of injury prevention, evaluation, management and rehabilitation. The demand for ATC professionals is expected to grow significantly faster than the average occupation over the next 10 years in both traditional athletic settings, like high school, college, University, and professional-level sports; and non-traditional settings, like medical offices, emergency departments, industrial settings, and more.
Graduates will have the knowledge and practical, clinical and professional experience for entry-level ATC positions, or can use their skills as a stepping-stone to other medical fields.
The Master of Science degree in Construction Management is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to plan and manage each phase of the construction process as applied to complex commercial, infrastructure and residential building projects. The mission of the program is to offer a comprehensive construction and management education consistent with the mission of the University and the College of Architecture and the Built Environment to improve the quality and sustainability of the construction industry and thus the built environment.
About the Program
Philadelphia University’s M.S. in Construction Management is a first professional degree with a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to education with an unparalleled focus on sustainability. The need for construction managers is projected to increase dramatically, and students who pursue a M.S. in Construction Management at PhilaU learn collaborative, innovative problem-solving techniques from experienced industry professionals. Graduates possess a balance of various skills that translate from the job site to the office, giving them an exceptional advantage to secure leadership roles in the growing, competitive field of construction management.
Benefits of the program include enhanced professionalism with a global perspective, expertise and training in the principles of sustainability and Leadership in Energy Ecological Design (LEED) standards. A key component to the program is the integration of techniques, materials and methods of sustainable building into the construction process. A sustainability-focused education is not only responsible, but sought-after by employers. Our faculty and our curriculum are sensitive to the ethical dimension of the business, and we understand that, by necessity, the guidelines of sustainable practice are always changing. The program is further enriched by its membership in Sigma Lambda Chi, an international construction honor society – connecting PhilaU to a network of 19,000 members.
Our graduates are prepared to take on the exciting challenges of the built environment and shape the future of social, economic and environmental sustainability.
Philadelphia University’s M.S. in Taxation program is geared toward practicing accountants in the fields of public, corporate, and governmental accounting as well as lawyers, financial managers and planners who need extensive information and formal study in taxation. The program prepares students for professional tax practice whether they are earning their degree, expanding their expertise on a specific topic, or taking courses to maintain their CPA license. We offer full-time and part-time options to accommodate work schedules and to allow students to earn their degrees rapidly.
The faculty includes partners and managers from national, regional, and local CPA firms, noted tax attorneys, and specialists in many areas such as financial planning and state and local taxation. They work for highly visible national and regional firms, and bring an exceptional standard of practice and expertise to the classroom.
Students in the program learn state-of-the-art online research methods that will help them stay current with a wide range of tax authorities throughout their careers. Our dynamic, comprehensive curriculum is uniquely practitioner-focused, giving a competitive edge for the professional world. Our graduates are well prepared to further their current careers and to excel in challenging, exciting positions in the public and private sectors.
The Strategic Design MBA is for high-potential professionals who want to be well-positioned for big opportunity — whether in a major corporation, nonprofit or entrepreneurial venture. This program combines the best of business school with the best of design thinking.
Design thinking is a way of approaching innovation and problem-solving borrowed from engineers and designers. It is used by companies like Nike, Starbucks and Google to introduce new products and services and by city governments to address social issues like illiteracy. Design thinking is the skill these same companies look for when they recruit individuals with both a creative and business mindset.
Combining design thinking with the analytical intelligence of business prepares graduates to solve problems better in today’s volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous business world.
This MBA is a low-residency program with intensive industry application. It features a cohort of seasoned professionals from diverse industries and faculty who blend state-of-the art practitioner experience with excellence in the classroom. Graduates exit the program with a network in place that is capable of bringing long-term value to themselves and their organizations that extends well beyond the formal material covered.
The PhilaU post-professional clinical doctoral program is designed for occupational therapists who are ready to advance their knowledge, practice and careers. As a student in the program, you will apply best-practice evidence, buildinnovative programs, design services, work effectively on inter-professional teams, and strengthen leadership roles.
This innovative post-professional OTD has two tracks: the BS-to-OTD track or MS-to-OTD track. Refer to the Program of Studies (right side menu) for the course sequence for both tracks.
Today’s healthcare environment requires therapists to be leaders who advocate for the profession and the clients they serve. The PhilaU OTD offers a unique focus on establishing collaborative partnerships in healthcare and education, while supporting therapists to meet their own goals for professional advancement. You will customize your PhilaU OTD degree by selecting a three-course minor to inform your capstone experience and match your practice roles, contexts and career objectives.
PhilaU’s signature teaching method, called Nexus learning, emphasizes collaborative partnerships and applied learning. A primary goal of the OTD is for therapists to apply new knowledge and enrich their practice. In every course student projects are designed with real world applications. As a student in the program you will have opportunities to build on your professional experiences by working alongside peers to develop products and and provide services that help people to live as fully and independently as possible.
Each year, nearly one in five businesses will face a major disruption such as data loss due to power outage or a natural disaster that destroys an office, an entire facility or a unit of government. The graduate Certificate of Study in Business Continuity is designed to provide awareness of and to integrate methods of recognition of vulnerability and the effects of risk and steps inherent to effective recovery. The Certificate is granted after completion of three (3-credit) courses.
The course sequence is designed for working professionals interested in business continuity issues, as well as those pursuing the full master’s degree sequence in Disaster Medicine and Management.
This certificate involves DMM-625 - Business and Planning for Crisis Continuity; DMM-624 - Organizational Risk and Crisis Management and DMM-626 - Organizational Recovery and Planning.
This program is for working professionals seeking a less intensive educational experience. This certificate involves core material in disaster medicine and management. Two courses required: DMM-611 - Principles of Disaster Medicine and Management and DMM-647 - Disaster Emergency Planning. The final 3 credits can be selected from any of the elective courses.
The Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Practices Program is geared towards working professionals seeking to build their knowledge base and credentials in the field of sustainable design, engineering and construction of the built environment. This 12 credit program offers a wide array of critical skills including the LEED® rating system, development aspects of green building, the basics of energy modeling and life cycle assessment.Credits earned in the Certificate Program can be transferred into the MS in Sustainable Design program. Interested students must submit an application to the appropriate master’s option (campus-based or online) and meet all admission criteria.
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Quarter Schedule (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer)
BlackBoard® course-management system with a variety of teaching modalities including PowerPoint, asynchronous discussion boards, chat rooms, reading assignments, research papers, online journals and testing.
Master's College or University I
Computer with Windows OS (Windows 2000, Windows XP or above); audio (sound card); high-speed Internet; MS Office (Word and PowerPoint), and a microphone.
Loans are available to students enrolled for at least five credit hours per semester. You may borrow up to $18,500 per academic year. The total amount outstanding that you may borrow for is $65,500.
Admissions and registration occurs on a rolling basis.