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Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

Course Requirements

Students are required to complete a minimum of 52 graduate credit hours with a cumulative GPA of not less than 3.0. 

Planning & Integration (8 credit hours)

Students, with the assistance of an academic committee, design individualized graduate learning plans. Once plans are approved, students pursue their plans and work to ensure that all parts link together.

Course Title Quarter Hours
AP 501LEARNING PLAN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR4
AP 502LEARNING PLAN REVIEW2
AP 528ASSESSMENT AND INTEGRATION 10.5
AP 548ASSESSMENT AND INTEGRATION SEMINAR II0.5
AP 558ASSESSMENT AND INTEGRATION SEMINAR III0.5
AP 578ASSESSMENT AND INTEGRATION SEMINAR IV0.5

Liberal Learning (18 credit hours)

The liberal learning seminars offer opportunities for unique and rich discussions with fellow professionals from diverse professional backgrounds. They are designed to challenge students’ thinking around topics relevant to working professionals as they enhance core skills in critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and problem solving.

Course Title Quarter Hours
LLS 450AFINDING & ASSESSING INFORMATION2
LLS 450BAPPLYING SYSTEMATIC INQUIRY (IN PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE)4
Elective Options (12 credit hours) choose from list:
LLS 410DWRITING FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS4
LLS 410EEVIDENCED BASED DECISION MAKING4
LLS 410FGENDER IN BUSINESS AND LEADERSHIP4
LLS 410GADVANCED LEADERSHIP THEORY & PRACTICE4
LLS 420DAPPLYING ETHICS IN THE PROFESSIONS4
LLS 420ELEADERSHIP, CHANGE AND POSITIVE ORGANIZATIONS4
LLS 420GEMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE AT WORK4
LLS 420HLEADING FOR SOCIAL CHANGE4
LLS 440AUNDERSTANDING AND FLEXING MINDSETS4

Areas of Focus (18 credit hours): Individualized, Educating Adults, Organizational Leadership, or Social Action

Students design and implement learning strategies for enhancing their understanding and competence development in each of the following aspects of their individualized areas of focus.

Course Title Quarter Hours
AP 510MAIN THEORIES AND IDEAS2
AP 520METHODS OF RESEARCH2
AP 530SPECIALIZED SKILLS2
AP 540COMMUNICATION MODES2
AP 550ORGANIZATIONAL AND/OR INTERPERSONAL DYNAMICS2
AP 560CHALLENGES FROM LARGER CONTEXTS2
AP 570ETHICAL ISSUES2
AP 574REFLECTION IN/ON PRACTICE2
AP 585SUPPLEMENTAL COMPETENCE I2

Program Culmination (8 credit hours)

Students culminate their graduate study through either four supplemental competencies or an integrating project (proposal and final artifact).

Course Title Quarter Hours
Supplementals (Electives)
AP 586SUPPLEMENTAL COMPETENCE II2
AP 587SUPPLEMENTAL COMPETENCE III2
AP 588SUPPLEMENTAL COMPETENCE IV2
AP 589SUPPLEMENTAL COMPETENCE V2
Integrating Project
AP 591INTEGRATING PROJECT PROPOSAL2
AP 592FINAL INTEGRATING PROJECT6

Track Requirements

Individualized Focus Area Track [IFA]

As its name suggests, the IFA track is the most individualized of all MAAPS program tracks. The signature program at SCPS grad, the IFA MAAPS features a customized focus area where each student, with the support of an advisory team, researches and designs a path leading to the attainment of specific, academically grounded objectives in an applied professional field. With the help of their advisory team, students in the Individualized Focus Area MAAPS track integrate graduate level coursework, applied learning activity, academic inquiry, and  professional development. Since the self-defined track is not limited to a particular academic area with existing professional standards, it is ideal for entrepreneurial students ready to work with leaders in their field to determine the appropriate professional standards for their unique, often cutting edge or hybrid, focus.

IFA Track Competence Areas

Students in this track may choose from an array of courses and experiential learning activities to create their unique focus. They are guided in their choices by their advisory committees as they select learning activities that address the following list of professional competencies which can be satisfied through a combination of coursework, applied experiential earning activities, and liberal learning seminars from the MAAPS core curriculum:

  • MAJOR THEORIES/IDEAS PERTAINING TO THE STUDENT’S IFA
  • METHODS OF RESEARCH PERTAINING TO THE STUDENT’S IFA
  • SPECIALIZED SKILLS PERTAINING TO THE STUDENT’S IFA
  • COMMUNICATION MODES PERTAINING TO THE STUDENT’S IFA
  • ORGANIZATIONAL/INTERPERSONAL DYNAMICS PERTAINING TO THE STUDENT’S IFA
  • CHALLENGES FROM LARGER CONTEXTS PERTAINING TO THE STUDENT’S IFA
  • ETHICAL ISSUES PERTAINING TO THE STUDENT’S IFA
  • REFLECTION IN/ON PRACTICE PERTAINING TO THE STUDENT’S IFA

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