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Applied Professional Studies (MA)

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Applied Professional Studies (MA)
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Build your knowledge and advance your career with a professional studies degree

The Master of Arts in Applied Professional Studies (MA) from the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) is for adults like you who would benefit from a graduate degree program that’s personally-relevant with room for flexibility and customization.

Whether you’re a working professional seeking career advancement, a career changer or a curious learner, our master’s of professional studies will deepen your knowledge, enhance your skills and advance your goals.

Our flexible approach to learning is shaped by your unique needs as an adult learner, with formats designed to fit your busy schedule. We offer options to study full-time or part-time, at night or on weekends, in our downtown campus or online.

Key Features

  • Earn credit for professional certificates.
  • Manage the pace, place and process of implementing your educational plan.
  • Benefit from the support of a faculty advisor and a professional advisor in your field.
  • Engage with fellow students—working professionals with diverse jobs, experience and interests.
  • Complete your degree in as little as two years while attending class as a part time student.
  • Program can be completed online or on our downtown campus.

Why choose an SCPS graduate degree?

Learn from distinguished experts in their fields.

Customize your own area of study.

Build upon your career and life experiences.

Advance in your career.

Apply what you learn into your existing work experience.

Combine certificates with degree tracks.

Master of Arts in Applied Professional Studies (MA) tracks:

For students looking to customize their own area of study by designing an individualized program with specific, academically grounded objectives in an applied professional field.

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For students who want to deepen their knowledge in the field of educating adults in professional, academic or community settings.

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For students interested in learning to leverage their existing business skills and influence the direction of their organizations and industries.

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For students interested in learning how to lead effective social change in communities and organizations.

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Learning Outcomes

As a master’s of professional studies student, you’ll complete a common curriculum, along with focus area coursework. Throughout this program, you will:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge in your areas of professional study.
  • Cultivate a regular practice of reflection on your area of professional practice.
  • Engage methods of inquiry to improve practice in your areas of study.
  • Broaden professional networks and continually develop and refresh key skills.
  • Anticipate, adapt and engage with emerging issues in your areas of study and practice.
  • Exercise personal agency and collaborative skill to attain personal and professional goals.

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