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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.
- You design your own area of study (an area of professional contribution in a particular setting) guided by a graduate framework. Your idea; your design.
- You learn to think in terms of learning for both intentional outcomes and timely applications.
- You build a plan for learning that incorporates an array of learning strategies (not just classes!)—strategies that fit your sought outcomes and learning preferences and result in products you can use.
- You manage the pace, place and process of implementing your plan.
- You receive assistance from a team of advisors from the University as well as your own particular professional community.
- You engage in a brief/intensive series of “liberal learning” seminars designed to rekindle and/or deepen your practice in key domains of applied effectiveness (personal, interpersonal, organizational, values and inquiry).
- You accomplish your goal of graduate study—focusing on an area of importance to you and earning an accredited graduate degree with competencies endorsed by the University.
|Program Requirements||Quarter Hours|
|Total hours required||52|
Alumni qualify for the Double Demon scholarship.
Students will be able to:
- Demonstrate advanced knowledge with respect to their individualized areas of study.
- Apply reflective acuity in executing their individualized areas of study.
- Engage methods of inquiry to improve practice in their individualized areas of study.
- Take initiative to add value to their professional practice.
- Adapt and engage from an ever-broadening repertoire of responses.
- Contribute to achieve collective results.
Students are required to complete a minimum of 52 graduate credit hours with a cumulative GPA of not less than 3.0. Students are also required to develop and complete a narrative transcript.
Planning & Integration
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.
|AP 501||LEARNING PLAN RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR||4|
|AP 502||LEARNING PLAN REVIEW||2|
|AP 528||ASSESSMENT AND INTEGRATION 1||0.5|
|AP 548||ASSESSMENT AND INTEGRATION SEMINAR II||0.5|
|AP 558||ASSESSMENT AND INTEGRATION SEMINAR III||0.5|
|AP 578||ASSESSMENT AND INTEGRATION SEMINAR IV||0.5-1|
Students participate in graduate seminars designed to liberate practice from single points of view and action.
|LLS 410||AGENCY EFFECTIVENESS||4|
|LLS 420||COLLABORATION EFFECTIVENESS||4|
|LLS 440||FLEXIBILITY EFFECTIVENESS||4|
|LLS 450A||INQUIRY EFFECTIVENESS||2-4|
|LLS 450B||INQUIRY EFFECTIVENESS||4|
Individualized Areas of Focus
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.
|AP 510||MAIN THEORIES AND IDEAS||2|
|AP 520||METHODS OF RESEARCH||2|
|AP 530||SPECIALIZED SKILLS||2|
|AP 540||COMMUNICATION MODES||2|
|AP 550||ORGANIZATIONAL AND/OR INTERPERSONAL DYNAMICS||2|
|AP 560||CHALLENGES FROM LARGER CONTEXTS||2|
|AP 570||ETHICAL ISSUES||2|
|AP 574||REFLECTION IN/ON PRACTICE||2|
|AP 585||SUPPLEMENTAL COMPETENCE I||2|
Individualized Program Culmination
Students culminate their graduate study through either four supplemental competencies or an integrating project (proposal and final artifact). Upon completion of all degree requirements (and prerequisite to degree conferral), each student prepares and submits for approval a comprehensive narrative transcript of her/his program of study.
|AP 586||SUPPLEMENTAL COMPETENCE II||2|
|AP 587||SUPPLEMENTAL COMPETENCE III||2|
|AP 588||SUPPLEMENTAL COMPETENCE IV||2|
|AP 589||SUPPLEMENTAL COMPETENCE V||2|
|AP 591||INTEGRATING PROJECT PROPOSAL||2|
|AP 592||FINAL INTEGRATING PROJECT||6|