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.
The Master of Architecture program is a first-professional graduate program designed to prepare students for professional architectural practice through the development of sustainable design and technology skills, knowledge of project management, and collaborative experiences in an interdisciplinary environment.
The M.Arch program offers multiple starting tracks. Your track will be individually decided based on your level of preparedness. The selection committee will consider your educational background, experience and portfolio. While each applicant is reviewed individually, these are the typical tracks:
-Students without a degree in a design discipline will typically begin the program with a 2-course summer program in design basics, before beginning the fall semester.
-Students with a satisfactory portfolio and experience in design basics will start in fall of the first year.
-Students granted advanced standing, typically coming from a 4-year pre-professional architecture program, will join the sequence in the second year.
The Master of Architecture is a 3+ year 99-credit degree program for students without advanced standing. Students granted advance standing may be able to complete the program in as little as two years with 48 credits minimum.
A portfolio and personal statement are required for admission, for more information click here. Applications are now being accepted for the Summer/Fall 2015 start. We look forward to reviewing your application and work.
Financial aid is only available for those who qualify.
The M.S. in Architecture program is a post-professional, research- based degree that prepares students for specialist and consulting positions in the broad field of the built environment in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry. Recognizing that the architecture profession is constantly changing, the program is designed to fit current industry needs and is adaptable to evolving requirements in the industry.
As a student in this program, you will have the opportunity to focus your studies on a specific area of architecture to directly apply your research to your current work or to fit your career path.
Like other graduate programs in the College of Architecture and the Built Environment, sustainability and collaboration will be at the core of the curriculum and you will benefit from our Nexus Learning approach, Philadelphia University’s distinct method of teaching and learning. With nexus learning, you will have opportunities to work with students from other disciplines, ranging from construction management to occupational therapy, on real-world project and industry challenges.
Unique to the M.S. in Architecture is the option for you to work in an office while conducting research for credit. This potential allows you to become an “imbedded researcher” in the office, working in practice while progressing toward your degree. At the same time, this provides the office an opportunity to develop expertise and a research profile that they normally would not have.
As part of the program, your coursework will provide you with focused experience in an area of concentration. We are currently offering a concentration in High Performance Building, which focused on how buildings and their sites have profound effects on both the social and natural environment. Additional concentrations will be available in the future.
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.
Philadelphia University's M.S. degree program in Community and Trauma Counseling stands alone in its commitment to developing trauma competent mental health counselors as trauma skills, knowledge and research are infused in the fabric of every course in the 60 credit progression. The program also prepares individuals for the credential of Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).
The M.S. in Community and Trauma Counseling program is designed to meet the growing demand for professionals who are well-equipped to provide counseling to individuals and communities influenced by adverse experiences, catastrophic events or traumatic stress. By combining a comprehensive, innovative, multidisciplinary education, the program exposes students to the societal impact of trauma in the political, economic and social spheres.
At PhilaU, our faculty of fully-engaged, practicing professionals brings contemporary concepts and practices into the classroom. Students complete internships while they study, which provides them with real-world, hands-on experience as they build their professional networks. Students also complete the coursework required for professional licensing, and they will have the opportunity to study community counseling in all the domains set forth by accrediting and state bodies. Students will graduate from Philadelphia University's M.S. in Community and Trauma Counseling Program eligible for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential in Pennsylvania and most other states, as well as other trauma counseling credentials provided by partnering organizations.
Graduates of the program are prepared for careers as community health counselors in professional private practices, agency and institutional settings, and in environments impacted by trauma. They have the tools to become versatile professionals in a global community.
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.
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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.
PhilaU’s MS in Disaster Medicine and Management program, delivered as a partnership between Philadelphia University and the Department of Emergency Medicine of the Albert Einstein Health Network, was developed to prepare individuals with the knowledge and expertise to manage and develop the increasingly complex disaster management and preparedness requirements of the 21st century. Recent events have focused the world’s attention on the prevalence of both natural and manmade disasters. These events include biological and chemical terrorism, war, tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, volcanoes, hazardous materials and major power grid disruptions. The effects of all of these disasters on people, animals, the environment, physical structures and our public infrastructure have been immense. This increased attention to our public safety, emergency medical services (EMS), Emergency Management, and public health systems has created a need for individuals skilled to manage and prepare for new potential disasters. PhilaU’s distinctive curriculum fully prepares students to become leaders in all areas of disaster and emergency management.
Financial aid is only available for those who qualify.
Philadelphia University’s M.S. in GeoDesign is the first of its kind in the country and was created in response to an overwhelming need for professionals in the field. Emphasizing sustainable practices, collaboration and innovation within an integrated process, the program is intended for design and planning students to find resilient solutions to 21st century urban conditions such as population growth, decreasing resources, disaster mitigation and climate change. GeoDesign is sustainability in practice, and our graduates will be leaders in this innovative process.
GeoDesign students are directly involved in collaborative applied research projects with industry partners, state and federal grants, and community partnerships. They work with advanced technologies including GIS, Model Builder, Gaming, Robotics and BIM while they help develop and test new tools that inform future industry software. Our faculty is made of leading industry professionals, and our facilities include our LEED Gold Center for Sustainability, Energy, Efficiency and Design (SEED). Graduates possess sought-after skills and are well prepared for dynamic careers in interdisciplinary firms, state and federal agencies, NGOs, academia and more.
Classes are held in the evenings and Saturdays in order to meet the needs of our professional students.
For students who want a competitive edge, valuable connections, and real-world experience in the evolving fashion industry, the M.S. in Global Fashion Enterprise (MSGFE) program expands the career horizons of forward-thinking professionals with diverse backgrounds in fashion design, merchandising, management, and other industries. Students benefit from a focus on global fashion development and an appreciation of apparel ecosystems throughout the value chain. Graduates of Philadelphia University, which is ranked in the top 20 fashion schools in the world by Business of Fashion, and the MSGFE program possess the skills, knowledge and industry networks to bring value-added innovation to the fashion industry and to manage a thriving global fashion enterprise successfully.
PhilaU’s active, collaborative approach to education in our Nexus Learning model is the foundation of this program’s curriculum. In a hands-on learning environment, students examine new fashion designs, ideas and technologies to create viable business models and market-driven innovation. In addition to the 22 core credit hours, the MSGFE program culminates in 9 credits of Global Fashion Project courses. This unique experience allows for significant customization for students to meet career aspirations. In these courses, students from disparate backgrounds work in teams to find new product or system opportunities, then design and prototype functional products or systems that answer the requirements of their research findings. Students also benefit from the projects by working directly with successful fashion and apparel companies. Regular meetings with outside project stakeholders take place to give students networking opportunities that may translate into exciting internship and employment opportunities.
The MS in Industrial Design is a professional program based on interdisciplinary project work. In this program, you will learn to design effectively at the collaborative and chaotic “front end” of the product-development process. You will work with product users, researchers, businesspeople, engineers and manufacturers to create products and systems that are better at serving their users, societies and the world at large.
We like busy people, because busy people are ambitious, curious people. Many of our courses are taught in the afternoon and evening, to allow flexible scheduling for students who have outside obligations.
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Our students are smart, curious and diverse, with undergraduate backgrounds as disparate as economics, philosophy, technology education, mechanical engineering and architecture, as well as some with undergraduate ID degrees. International students are warmly welcomed.
The M.S. in Industrial Design will prepare you for entrepreneurial work in the field, or for a position in a corporate design department or design consulting firm.
If you’re currently working in design, this program can help you move from tactics to strategy, going from working on problems you’re given, to finding untapped new opportunities and new clients.
The M.S. in Interior Architecture is a 69-credit program structured to meet the needs of students from non-design backgrounds seeking a professional-level education while offering up to one year of advanced standing for those already in the field who are interested in refining their knowledge and skills at the graduate level. This program prepares students to reach their full potential, whether seeking an introduction or building on previous experience.
As an Interior Architecture program, we emphasize how the interior environment encompasses all parts of the interior volume and acknowledges the intersection between architecture and interiors. The curriculum integrates theory with the technical skills needed for practical application and immerses students in current technologies and sustainable practice as they work collaboratively and think critically to discover innovative solutions. PhilaU’s campus is positioned minutes from downtown, offering networking and employment opportunities within the city’s thriving architecture industry. Our faculty of practicing professionals provides many advantages and a range of real-world experiences. Graduates are well-prepared to sit for the NCIDQ exam and to join professional associations such as ASID and IIDA, and to work for firms in all areas of the profession, including residential, commercial, corporate, healthcare, hospitality and education.
The one-of-a-kind M.S. in Surface Imaging program at PhilaU offers a unique graduate design education by viewing anything and everything as the canvas through the utilization of a variety of printing technologies. You will have the opportunity to develop designs for various forms and explore direct surface imaging on diverse porous and non-porous substrates. You will be able to bring your creativity to life applying design skills to fabrication printing, including additive material deposition and subtraction printing technologies (enhanced 3D surface and laser printing) – allowing you to produce anything you can imagine. Design skills and creativity are enhanced with thorough knowledge and experience with printing technology, applied engineering and an understanding of innovative business systems.
You will gain professional experience while in the program, through research based real-world projects with industry partners that stress critical thinking and problem solving skills through teamwork and collaboration. You will learn from expert faculty in state-of-the-art facilities, like the Center for Excellence of Surface Imaging, which has been supported by international imaging industries, including printer manufactures, ink formulators and software developers.
As part of your coursework, you will have extensive experience working on interdisciplinary projects using advanced technology and design solutions. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to be a leader in the growing imaging industry which includes graphic, architectural, interior, textile, fashion apparel and home industries, as well as all facets in the global imaging industry.
The M.S. in Sustainable Design at Philadelphia University was developed by a group of the country’s top sustainable designers and experienced sustainability professors. The result is an award-winning trans-disciplinary, collaborative design program. Students build problem-solving skills to develop market-driven solutions to become leaders in sustainable design to serve the 21stcentury global community.
Our faculty is made of practicing professionals with diverse backgrounds in architecture, engineering, design and construction management. Based on an integrated design education model, the program offers a unique advantage by introducing students early in the design process to experts, design options and real-world constraints. Students must quantify and build their ideas in a collaborative environment; actualization of projects can range from high performing sustainable desing projects to sustainable initiatives for non-profits and start-ups. Industry partnerships feature prominently, providing networking opportunities and hands-on practice with real-world challenges. A strong integration with the design and sustainability community in Philadelphia provides students and graduates ample opportunities for internships, volunteer positions, and job placement. With flexible scheduling options, students can earn their M.S. in Sustainable Design in as little as 18 months with on-cmapus and on-line options.
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 M.S. in Textile Design at Philadelphia University offers an integrated, collaborative and proven curriculum that blends aesthetic, creative skills with emerging technologies. In studios and classrooms, students turn innovative ideas into original products.
State-of-the-art facilities, including The Center for Excellence of Digital Printing, electronic jacquard and dobby looms, computerized knitting machines, and extensive computer-aided design laboratories enable students to put professional skills into practice. The Design studio courses make up the majority of the coursework in the M.S. program and design research is stressed from the beginning.
Graduate students select either knit, print or weave as their area of concentration and the courses are taught by active members of the textile design field: artists, design directors, authors and researchers. Visiting artists and guest lecturers expand the educational experience, bringing real-world applications to the classroom experience.
Partnerships with industry, nexus learning sponsored projects, national and international design competitions and exhibitions at international trade shows provide practical experience as students prepare for graduation.
The PhilaU Textile Design program is enhanced by study abroad opportunities and a strong internship program. This PhilaU program gives graduates a commanding competitive edge in the global textile marketplace with our graduates attaining positions in all areas of the industry from national and international firms to boutique specialty retailers.
The M.S. Textile Engineering program is intended to develop the graduate student’s knowledge in the advanced fields of textile science and engineering. Students with undergraduate education in the fields of textile engineering, textile chemistry and textile sciences, and those with undergraduate experience in materials technology, science or engineering are invited to pursue this program. The wide range of textile engineering courses will prepare the student to make significant contributions in either advanced manufacturing technology or textile materials technology. The carefully integrated educational offerings at the University enable the student to be exposed to a wide range of professional education possibilities. A capstone thesis experience is required at the completion of program.
The Master of Science in User Experience and Interaction Design is an 18-month to two-year on-campus program made up of 31-37 credits, depending on an applicant’s qualifications upon entering the program. This program is designed to prepare working professionals and recent college graduates to expand their careers into the rapidly moving fields of User Experience Design (UX) and Interaction Design (IxD).
Philadelphia University User Experience and Interaction Design students:
What is User Experience (UX) and Interaction Design (IxD)?
The role of UX and IxD expands as digital technology allows for more and more innovative applications. We must create aesthetic, engaging and dynamic experiences for users to interact with in order to take full advantage of current and future technologies, and immerse users in media. For these reasons, a Master of Science in User Experience and Interaction Design degree prepares graduates with the necessary skills to evolve the standards of communication and interaction.
To compete in today's growing market, professionals must have the tools necessary to approach each task effectively, including practical interactive knowledge, technological skills, development, production and post-production knowledge, visual communication skills and information literacy.
Graduates from the Master of Science in User Experience and Interaction program are equipped with the knowledge and expertise to fulfill many possible careers, such as:
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, build innovative 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.
The goal of the Textile Engineering and Science Doctor of Philosophy program is to educate textile engineers who combine theory, practice, scholarly research and application of knowledge in their chosen professions. It is expected that graduates of the doctoral program will pursue careers in basic and applied research in industry, government or university settings. Graduates will contribute original research and scholarly publications in the fiber and textile fields. The doctoral program in Textile Engineering and Science emphasizes not only depth in fundamental textile engineering and science/mechanical engineering disciplines, but also an interdisciplinary approach to understanding technologies in which textile engineers and scientists can and should take a leading role. It is this combined emphasis on fundamentals, the ability to think and work outside ones area of expertise and the ability to frame complex problems that best defines this doctoral program. Students will propose a textile engineering and science problem of substance and will then develop a solution. Students must demonstrate the ability to apply scientific principles to meet engineering needs with due regard to social and economic factors and within a reasonable time constraint.
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.
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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.
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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.