The Master of Arts Program in Applied Professional Studies (MAAPS), founded in 1984, 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 areas of inquiry, change, interpersonal communication, diversity, ethical reasoning and leadership.
- 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.