Students must complete a minimum of 58 graduate credit hours with a cumulative GPA of not less than 3.0.
Planning & Integration
The Professional Specialization includes one of five career-related 'tracks' of core courses offered by the College of Computing and Digital Media.
- Applied Information Systems
- Applied Network Technology
- Applied IT Project Management
- Applied Information Technology
- Applied Human-Computer Interaction
EXPLORING MODES & PROCESSES OF SYSTEMATIC INQUIRY
This seminar provides students with an opportunity to develop the Liberal Learning Skills through exploring modes and processes of systematic inquiry. Students develop researchable questions and use these questions to gather and critically evaluate information and identify appropriate research methodologies. In addition, students practice searching, managing and analyzing information sources and building integrative literature reviews.
UNDERSTANDING PERSONAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE SEMINAR
This seminar provides students with an opportunity to develop the Liberal Learning facilities through understanding personal and organizational change. Multiple dimensions and dynamics of change and the roles and responsibilities of professionals as change agents are explored. Special emphasis is placed on analyzing change processes using both linear and systems models and formulating interventions to facilitate productive change in the workplace (profit and nonprofit).
IMPROVING INTERPERSONAL DYNAMICS
This seminar provides students with an opportunity to develop the Liberal Learning Skills through improving interpersonal dynamics. Students are introduced to various models for working collaboratively with diverse constituents over multiple contexts. In addition, students are provided opportunities to strengthen their interpersonal relations and communications skills (per context) by learning and practicing strategies and techniques that foster skill development.
EXERCISING EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP SEMINAR
This final seminar provides students with an opportunity to develop the Liberal Learning facilities through exercising effective leadership. Major themes of each of the previous seminars are integrated within the concept of effective leadership in a changing world. Key theories and principles relative to the management/leadership continuum are examined as well as the implications of current trends for the future of leadership both in general and within students' personal/professional contexts.
This area addresses knowledge and understanding of theories, models and/or theoretical frameworks - including implications for practice - that are most relevant to the Focus Area.
METHODS OF RESEARCH
This area addresses the systematic gathering of data and interpretation of findings as practiced within the Focus Area and/or related fields.
This area involves identifying skills that are particular to the profession and the context(s) in which these skills are applied. The emphasis is on actual demonstration of specialized skills used in practice.
This area involves facility with communication modes relevant to professional practice in the focus area. It requires an understanding of the relationship among key communication variables (the message, the method, the audience, and the context), a repertoire of communication strategies, and a dexterity or ease of access permitting the professional to adapt communication strategies to changing situations as necessary.
ORGANIZATIONAL AND INTERPERSONAL DYNAMICS
This area addresses the human and structural issues that professionals encounter within practice (work) environments, providing students with the opportunity to consider how their professional role affects and is affected by systems, technology, structure and other people within their practice settings.
This area addresses the issues and problems of the student's focus area within a context that includes at least one of the following: the historical development of the profession over time and its future direction (temporal); the relationship between the profession and the society within which it exists (social, multi-cultural); and/or, the nature of the profession globally (international).
This area addresses the relationship between beliefs and assumptions regarding humanity, good/evil, right/wrong, etc., and behavioral outcomes (including conflicts).
FINDING AND MANAGING INFORMATION
This MAAPS/MSAT foundational course provides participants with skills in collecting, analyzing and synthesizing literature and resources in their respective area(s) of practice. Among these skills are: searching and accessing various sources; discerning credibility of sources; storing and retrieving information for oneself; constructing thematic literature reviews; and, citing sources using APA style.
Status as a MAAPS or MSAT student is a prerequisite for this class.