School of Continuing and Professional Studies > Academics > Graduate Programs > Applied Professional Studies (MA) > Individualized Focus Area Track > Degree Requirements
Students are required to complete a minimum of 52 graduate credit hours with a cumulative GPA of not less than 3.0.
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.
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.
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.
Students culminate their graduate study through either four supplemental competencies or an integrating project (proposal and final artifact).
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.
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:
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