School of Continuing and Professional Studies > Academics > Graduate Programs > Applied Professional Studies (MA) > Organizational Leadership Track > Degree Requirements
Students are required to complete a minimum of 52 graduate credit hours with a cumulative GPA of not less than 2.5.
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 track.
Students culminate their graduate study through either four supplemental competencies or an integrating project (proposal and final artifact).
The MAAPS Program is designed around the completion of content tracks. Students may choose from tracks in Organizational Leadership, Educating Adults or Social Change that include several required courses, elective course options and other ways to document learning in those tracks. The program also offers a Customized Focus Area track that is designed according to the student's career and learning goals.
The Organizational Leadership track is designed for students interested in developing and applying effective leadership skills known to be crucial to success in the business world. Completing the Organizational Leadership track will provide opportunities for students to positively impact their organizations. Students will learn to apply relevant leadership theories and models to generate solutions to real world problems within various types of organizations and to advance teams toward a shared corporate vision.
The Educating Adults track is designed for students working in diverse settings who are involved in the process and practice of adults’ learning. Grounded in current research and best practices in adult education and learning theory, the Educating Adults track is made up of a set of core courses and learning activities to be applied in the students’ own workplace/practice setting. Participants in this track deepen their knowledge and skills in the areas of assessment, design, facilitation, evaluation, and applied research to improve their repertoire of core and cutting-edge knowledge and skill as educators of adults.
This track is designed for individuals whose practice involves leading effective social change in communities and organizations. Integral components of this track are ethical decision-making, global and inclusive perspectives, future trends, and mentorship. Learning gained from the track’s core curriculum, as well as the applied capstone project, is essential to unlock each participants’ potential to effectively lead social change. As students collaborate with the other advocates in their communities, they have the unique opportunity to practice the creation of responsible action plans to effect constructive social change.
The Customized Focus Area track allows students to research and design a path leading to the attainment of specific, academically grounded objectives in an applied professional field. This Customized Focus Area integrates graduate level coursework, applied learning activity, academic inquiry, and professional development. Since the Customized Focus Area 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.
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