Master of Arts in Applied Professional Studies

UW-Parkside 2019-2021 Catalog
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College:
Social Sciences and Professional Studies

Department:
Center for Professional Studies

Programs Offered:Master of Arts in Applied Professional Studies (MAPS)

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Applied Professional Studies (MAPS) is an applied professional program with workforce development, organizational leadership and personal development at the core of its vision.  The mission of the program is to develop advanced skill sets in multiple subject areas to meet emerging workforce development needs.  The graduate degree is designed to provide students an accessible, online, and affordable opportunity to achieve professional and personal goals that align with potential for career advancement and upskilling needs. 

This program is an interdisciplinary master's degree combining the academic social sciences and applied professional experience with a common set of Core courses (15 credits) and a self-selected Concentration (15 credits). There are three separate and unique concentrations within the degree for students to choose graduate level courses: Leadership in Public Service, Data Visualization and Interpretation, and/or Content Expertise for the Professional Educator.  Students have the unique opportunity to select graduate coursework individually suited to their chosen area of concentration.   

Goals of the Program

All participating students will integrate theory, research and practice to render professional judgement and choice in applied contexts.  This will result in decisions and actions that effectively and ethically promote the viability of organizations and activities in the private and/or public sector. 

MAPS Program Outcomes

Graduates will:
1. Evaluate and critique existing structures in the public or private sector
2. Produce a problem solving policy based on evidence, professional inquiry, and decisive action
3. Plan effective implementation strategies

Core outcomes:
1. Develop strategies to resolve value-based conflict
2. Analyze and interpret data in the professional setting
3. Consider organizational change in the context of a dynamic society
4. Employ effective communication strategies for diverse settings and audiences

Concentration Area Learning Outcomes

Leadership in Public Service
1. Apply ethical principles to leadership practice in the public and private sectors
2. Conduct successful research in public policy analysis
3. Develop a public policy position, taking into account both scholarship and interest group narrative
4. Apply critical theory to questions of social justice in community and economic development
5. Utilize conflict management and resolution strategies in a variety of situations

Data Visualization and Interpretation
1. Demonstrate a knowledge of a variety of design and research approaches
2. Describe the main goals of data visualization in a way that demonstrates general understanding
3. Utilize the different technologies associated with data mining, data visualization, text analytics and data graphics
4. Translate data into clear, actionable insights
5. Present information clearly, logically, and critically, to support decision making.

Content Expertise for the Professional Educator
1. Effectively communicate the subject matter of their discipline with other professionals
2. Understand current research approaches in their discipline
3. Utilize advanced knowledge in the subject matter of their discipline to address a practical challenge
4. Articulate the significance of the subject matter of their discipline in an applied setting
5. Demonstrate mastery of the subject matter of the discipline through its integration with other disciplines

Structure of the Program

The proposed 30-credit online degree will require a combination of core courses (15 credits) designed to ensure that all graduates have the basic, requisite skills needed to succeed in the fast-paced, ever evolving professional world.  There are 3 concentration areas (15 credits) where students will have their choice to hone their professional skills further as they relate to their professional career.  The concentration areas are Leadership in Public Service, Data Visualization and Interpretation, and Content Expertise for the Professional Educator.  As part of the Core, all students in the MAPS will be required to complete a Practicum, an applied learning opportunity to continue to demonstrate the skills learned in the MAPS. The Practicum is a faculty supervised project that identifies a business or community partner problem and a solution created by the MAPS student.

Students also have the opportunity to explore graduate level coursework across the concentrations for a self-designed degree.  Students who wish to design their own program of study to achieve a Master of Arts in Applied Professional Studies are able to graduate with a unique skill set that does not exist in a current degree program.  Students who wish to design their own degree program will be required to complete the core courses and an additional 15 credits of graduate level electives within the MAPS program.  Self-designed degree programs must be created in consultation with a MAPS advisor and require an approved Individualized Degree Plan.

Admission Requirements

Admission applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.  Applicants are required to have an undergraduate degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.75, or if the applicants have a graduate degree the GPA requirement is waived.  Applicants are also required to submit all undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a current resume/CV, and two letters of recommendation, preferably one from a current supervisor if employed. 

For applicants who do not meet the admission criteria, admission with probationary status may be granted after taking into consideration the applicant’s special qualifications and circumstances. Students admitted on probation will be on probation for their first 9 semester credits.  A student who is admitted on probation is required to attain a minimum GPA of 3.00 on the first 9 credits hours of course work completed at UW-Parkside.

Students who do not meet the above requirement will be dropped from the program.

Applicants are not required to take the GRE or MAT assessment for admission to the program.

International students from non-English-speaking countries must demonstrate proficiency in English.

Official TOEFL scores must meet or exceed the below requirements:

  • Paper-based: a minimum score of 525
  • Computer-based: a minimum score of 197
  • Internet-based: a minimum score of 71

Official IELTS scores that meet or exceed the below requirements:

  • A minimum score of 6.0

For students from English-speaking countries, no English Proficiency Examination Scores are required.

 

Requirements for the Master of Arts in Professional Studies (30 credits)

  1. Required Core Courses (15 credits)
    MAPS 700 Formal Organization 3 cr
    MAPS 701 Applied Research for Professionals 3 cr
    MAPS 702 Professional Ethics 3 cr
    MAPS 703 Professional Communication 3 cr
    MAPS 705 Practicum 3 cr
  2. Concentration Area Courses (15 credits)

    Complete one concentration with at least 15 credits.  A course cannot be used to satisfy requirements in more than one concentration.

    Choose one:

    1. Leadership in Public Service (15 credits)
      1. Required courses (6 credits)
        MAPS 720 Foundations of Public Service 3 cr
        MAPS 721 Public Policy 3 cr
      2. Elective courses (9 credits)
        Choose three courses:
        MAPS 512 Global Warming Policy and Governance 3 cr
        MAPS 517 Strategic Decision Making 3 cr
        MAPS 523 Institutional Racism in America 3 cr
        MAPS 606 Advanced Program Evaluation 3 cr
        MAPS 710 The Global City 3 cr
        MAPS 722 Social Justice and Public Service 3 cr
        MAPS 729 Special Topics in Public Service 3 cr
        MAPS 799 Independent Study 3 cr
    2. Data Visualization and Interpretation (15 credits)
      1. Required courses (6 credits)
        MAPS 730 Data Visualization Concepts 3 cr
        Choose one minimum (other two can be used as electives)
        MAPS 731 Data Visualization and Communication: Tableau 1 cr
        MAPS 732 The Essentials of R for Professionals 1 cr
        MAPS 733 The Essentials of SPSS for Professionals 1 cr
      2. Elective courses (8 credits)
        MAPS 507 Survey Methods 3 cr
        MAPS 584 Modeling Landscape Ecology 3 cr
        MAPS 634 Ethics and Data Technology 3 cr
        MAPS 660 Introduction to GIS Analysis 3 cr
        MAPS 710 The Global City 3 cr
        MAPS 739 Special Topics in Data Visualization and Interpretation 3 cr
        MAPS 799 Independent Study 1-3 cr
    3. Content Expertise for Professional Educators (15 credits)

      This concentration was designed to assist educators develop deeper content expertise in a specific subject area.
      Choose one content area:

      1. Political Science/Government

        1. Required course (3 credits)
          MAPS 721 Public Policy 3 cr
        2. Elective courses (12 credits)
          Choose four courses:
          MAPS 512 Global Warming Policy and Governance 3 cr
          MAPS 517 Strategic Decision Making 3 cr
          MAPS 523 Institutional Racism in America 3 cr
          MAPS 710 The Global City 3 cr
          MAPS 720 Foundations of Public Service 3 cr
          MAPS 799 Independent Study 3 cr
      2. Sociology

        1. Required course (3 credits)
          MAPS 722 Social Justice and Public Service 3 cr
        2. Elective courses (12 credits)
          Choose four courses:
          MAPS 523 Institutional Racism in America 3 cr
          MAPS 710 The Global City 3 cr
          MAPS 720 Foundations of Public Service 3 cr
          MAPS 721 Public Policy 3 cr
          MAPS 729 Special Topics in Public Policy 3 cr
          MAPS 799 Independent Study 3 cr

           

Degree Completion

Students entering without deficiencies and who enroll full-time can complete all degree requirements within two years of first enrollment. Students may take no more than seven years to complete a degree, beginning with the semester in which they complete their first course as a UW-Parkside degree-seeking graduate student, unless they apply for and receive an extension through the appropriate graduate program.

Master of Applied Professional Studies Courses (MAPS)

507

Survey Methods
Prereq: Consent of instructor. Freq: Fall, Spring.
Explores survey research including data collection and data analysis. Not open to those with credit in SOCA 307.

3 cr
512

Global Warming Policy and Governance
Prereq: Consent of instructor. Freq: Spring (odd years).
Examines and evaluates greenhouse gas mitigation and adaptation policies that a variety of national and sub-national governments are implementing.  Not open to those with credit in POLS 312.

3 cr
517

Strategic Decision Making
Prereq: Consent of instructor. Freq: Spring (odd years).
Examines decision making from both a rational and cognitive-bureaucratic perspective. Investigates the universal applications of theoretical strategic thinking, integrates tactical and strategic decision making, and applies creative and critical thinking in strategic formulation and implementation. Explores case studies of military, political and corporate strategies. Not open to those with credit in POLS 317.

3 cr
523

Institutional Racism in America
Prereq: Consent of instructor. Freq: Fall, Spring.
Examines racism within various institutions such as public government bodies, private businesses, and universities. Outlines political, social, ecological and economic effects of racism. Not open to those with credit in SOCA 323.

3 cr
584

Modeling Landscape Ecology
Prereq: Consent of instructor. Freq: Occasionally.
Analyses landscape ecology from the perspective of its close alignment with the understanding of scale, the causes of landscape pattern, and the interactions of spatial pattern with ecological processes.  Uses metric tools and spatial model techniques to explain real world phenomena. Not open to those with credit in GEOG 384.

3 cr
606

Advanced Program Evaluation
Prereq: Consent of instructor. Freq: Summer.
Examines the role of research in program planning and implementation. Includes application in a community-based learning project.  Not open to those with credit in SOCA 406.

3 cr
634

Ethics and Data Technology
Prereq: Consent of instructor. Freq: Occasionally.
Distinguishes the emerging moral conflicts with data collection and presentation, identifies the relevant ethical features, and develops strategies and policies for avoiding these conflicts.

3 cr
640

Smart Cities and Communities
Prereq: Consent of instructor. Freq: Fall, Spring.
Explores how advances in information communication technologies affect the built environment at various scales to understand the role of multiple actors working at the intersection of technology and urbanism and to determine the impact on community growth and resilience.

3 cr
660

Introduction to GIS Analysis
Prereq: Consent of instructor. Freq: Fall.
Explores spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology including data acquisition, integration, and editing.  Applies GIS technologies to environmental management and urban planning. Not open to those with credit in GEOG 460.

3 cr
700

Formal Organization
Prereq: Consent of instructor. Freq: Spring.
Examines fundamental issues concerning formal organization and its impact on individuals and society.

3 cr
701

Applied Research for Professionals
Prereq: Consent of instructor. Freq: Fall.
Articulates the validity and complexity of data as illustrated in research.

3 cr
702

Professional Ethics
Prereq: Consent of instructor. Freq: Fall.
Identifies ethical and moral problems and formulates strategies to avoid making ethically questionable choices.

3 cr
703

Professional Communication
Prereq: Consent of instructor. Freq: Spring.
Examines communication or communication in a global workplace emphasizing intercultural and multi-generational differences.

3 cr
705

Practicum
Prereq: Consent of instructor. Freq: Summer.
Provides an opportunity to utilize coursework knowledge in an applied setting based on specialization area. Requires 100 hours of a supervised project.

3 cr
710

The Global City
Prereq: Consent of instructor. Freq: Fall, Summer.
Rethinks urbanism and the global city under present-day conditions, including modernity, late-capitalism and globalization.

3 cr
720

Foundations of Public Service
Prereq: Consent of instructor. Freq: Fall (odd years).
Investigates management, policy, urban studies and leadership in the public sector.

3 cr
721

Public Policy
Prereq: Consent of instructor. Freq: Spring (even years).
Examines how political coalitions shape policy outcomes, the influence of institutions on policy design, and the evaluation of public policy.

3 cr
722

Social Justice and Public Service
Prereq: Consent of instructor. Freq: Spring (even years).
Examines environmental justice, poverty, homelessness, and gender inequality, housing inequality and educational inequality need to follow the same footsteps of environmental inequality.

3 cr
729

Special Topics in Public Service
Prereq: Consent of instructor. Freq: Summer.
Provides an in depth study of new and/or special-interest subject areas within the discipline.  Course may be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credits.

3 cr
730

Data Visualization Concepts
Prereq: Consent of instructor. Freq: Spring (odd years).
Explores data visualization including opportunities for critiquing representations of data, techniques used in analysis packages and best practices for data visualization to different audiences. 

3 cr
731

Data Visualization and Communication: Tableau
Prereq: Consent of instructor. Freq: Summer.
Create and distributes interactive and shareable visual analytics using Tableau.

1 cr
732

The Essentials of R for Professionals
Prereq: Consent of instructor. Freq: Summer.
Analyses and describes generic programming language concepts as they are implemented in R. Creates plots, tables and charts to visualize analysis results.

1 cr
733

The Essentials of SPSS for Professionals
Prereq: Consent of instructor. Freq: Summer.
Uses SPSS to summarize and display large amounts information using visual analytics.

1 cr
739

Special Topics in Data Visualization and Interpretation
Prereq: Consent of instructor. Freq: Summer.
Provides an in depth study of new and/or special-interest subject areas within the discipline.  Course may be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credits.

3 cr
741

Smart Policy-Making
Prereq: MAPS 640 or concurrent enrollment; consent of instructor. Freq: Spring.
Delves into identifying and building new smart skills that are most effective in policy-making. Explores policy implementation to create more livable, equitable, and efficient urban environments.

3 cr
742

Public Private Partnerships
Prereq: MAPS 640; consent of instructor. Freq: Summer.
Examines how governments are partnering with for-profit and non-profit organizations to shape public policy, redefine traditional methods of public administration, and solve some of the world’s most intractable problems.

3 cr
743

Civic Technology
Prereq: MAPS 640 or concurrent enrollment; consent of instructor. Freq: Fall.
Explores technologies that enable greater participation in government or otherwise assist government in delivering citizen services and strengthening ties with the public.

3 cr
744

Human Machine Interface
Prereq: MAPS 640; consent of instructor. Freq: Summer.
Explores how humans and machines effectively engage in decision-making processes by aligning values, ethics, and shared cognition and how the design of interfaces impact social and cultural factors.

3 cr
769

Special Topics in Content Expertise for Professional Educators
Prereq: Consent of instructor. Freq: Summer.
Provides and in-depth study of new and/or special-interest subject areas within the discipline. May be repeated for a maximum of nine credits with a different topic.

3 cr
770

Exploring Place-Based Education
Prereq: Consent of instructor. Freq: Summer.
Explores place-based education through the use of local, regional, and/or national communities and the environment as the basis for teaching and learning. May be repeated with a different topics for a maximum of 9 credits.

3 cr
799

Independent Study
Prereq: Consent of instructor. Freq: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Provides an opportunity to work on an independent research study or project under the supervision of a faculty member.

1-3 cr
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