Develop advanced in-demand skills to meet immediate workplace needs. An Applied Professional Studies degree focuses on industry specific skills that employers are looking for today while combining real-world application. We designed the MAPS program for the working professionals - offering a flexible format, online courses, and affordable opportunity to achieve your professional and personal goals that align with potential for career advancement and upskilling needs.


The answer is yes, and that is regardless of what you are doing in your job right now. Employers want people who can communicate effectively, work effectively with data, think strategically, and practice leadership in team settings. We all have some idea what that means, but the Masters Degree in Applied Professional Studies demonstrates to employers without a doubt that you have applied learning exactly in those areas. It is a degree in the soft skills that are so important in the 21st century.

Our courses are designed for working professionals. We offer them on online in full semester and 7 week sessions, year-round. Most students complete the program in two academic years, but you can schedule a pace that works for you. The 30-credit curriculum includes core courses (15 credits) and a concentration (15 credits) selected to meet your specific career interests. (You may also work with one of our advisors to create a specialized concentration.)


Leadership and Public Service
Data Visualization and Interpretation 
Content Expertise for the Professional Educator 

This is a skill based major- all of our courses are designed to give you the opportunity to practice what you are learning and to see the immediate utility of these skills. Even the final course you take is an applied project, which you can use to demonstrate your skills to your current or future employer.




Program ineligible for international F-1/J-1 visa holders

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Upon completion of the core program, you will be able to:

  • Employ effective communication strategies for diverse settings and audiences
  • Consider organizational change in the context of a dynamic society 
  • Evaluate and critique existing structures in the public or private sector
  • Plan effective implementation strategies
  • Produce a problem-solving policy based on evidence, professional inquiry, and decisive action
  • Develop strategies to resolve value-based conflict 
  • Analyze and interpret data in the professional setting 


MAPS 700: Formal Organization  
Examines fundamental issues concerning formal organization and its impact on individuals and society.

MAPS 701: Applied Research for Professionals  
Articulates the validity and complexity of data as illustrated in research.

MAPS 702: Professional Ethics     
Identifies ethical and moral problems and formulates strategies to avoid making ethically questionable choices.

MAPS 703: Professional Communication  
Examines communication or communication in a global workplace emphasizing intercultural and multi-generational differences.

MAPS 705: Practicum
Provides an opportunity to utilize coursework knowledge in an applied setting based on specialization area. Requires 100 hours of a supervised project.

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 has 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.



Submit letters of recommendation and resume here

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Fall 2018/Spring 2019 Tuition
$497.78 per credit hour (Resident)
$1,020.27 per credit hour (Non-Resident)
$716.38 per credit hour (Midwest Exchange)

Fall 2018/Spring 2019 Fees
$65.00 per credit fee for online courses

Total Tuition and Fees
$14,993.40 30 credit hours
$1,950.00 fees


(If taken at 9 or less credits per semester.  Tuition plateau applies for 9-12 credits, ask advisor for more information.)

*Based on current tuition and fees established by the University Cashier’s Office.


Program ineligible for international F-1/J-1 visa holders


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Faculty Highlights

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    Mita Banerjee
    Assistant Professor of Sociology

    Mita Banerjee is an Assistant Professor in the Sociology department. She teaches courses in Sociology of Education, Statistics, and Research Methods. Her current research interest lies in gaining insight into factors that motivate and deter first generation and under prepared students in choosing online courses and the areas of improvement necessary to enhance their online learning experience. Additionally, she is interested in investigating the role of unequal access to health care in exacerbating social inequalities in well-being.

  • Dr. Xun (George) Wang
    Professor of Sociology

    Dr. Wang's research focuses on global social change, organizational studies and China studies. He has published four books including Global Sociology, Human Resource Management and more than sixty articles in Journal of International Management, Thunderbird International Business Review, Journal of Youth Studies, Asian Pacific Business Review, Journal of Third World Studies and Journal of Asian and Africa Studies, etc. He is the recipient of 2012 Research and Creative Activity Award at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and the University of Wisconsin System Teaching Scholar of 2014. 

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    Dr. Joy Wolf
    Professor of Biogeography

    Dr. Wolf's research interests include biogeography, soils, and fire ecology in forests, wetlands, and grasslands in Arizona, Colorado and Wisconsin, and bird dynamics in coastal forests in the Pacific Northwest. She teaches Biogeography, Landscape Ecology, Dendrochronology, Soil Ecosystems, Field Methods, Geomorphology, Physical Geography and Natural Resources Management. She is the recipient of the 2017 Chancellor's Award for Teaching and Learning Assessment. She is published in over twenty different journals, including Journal of Applied Ecology, and the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement. Instructor Profile 

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    Dr. Theresa Castor
    Professor of Communication

    Theresa Castor conducts research on organizational decision-making, focusing on crisis and problem situations in meetings and governance groups. She graduated from the University of Washington in 1999 with a PhD in Speech Communication.

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    Dr. Philip Wagner
    Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

    Dr. Wagner is an Assistant Professor joining us from Fairmont State University in West Virginia. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Criminal Justice. He has a Ph.D. in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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    Dr. Christopher Hudspeth
    Assistant Professor of Philosophy


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