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The Master of Arts Program in Applied Professional Studies (MAAPS) from the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) serves adults who wish to design and execute their graduate study in a personally-relevant area that is otherwise not served by typical course-based, already-structured programs. These “entrepreneurial learners” come with a personal/professional area of study they want to pursue, a desire to build and manage their own learning processes, and a goal to both learn and shape their learning into contributions that make a difference.
Alumni qualify for the Double Demon scholarship.
Students who complete the MAAPS common curriculum plus their Focus Area demonstrate the following learning outcomes:
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).