How does the MAPS degree compare with other master’s degrees?
You have many options when it comes to pursuing a graduate degree. Other master’s programs in North Carolina and across the nation offer a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program as a way to dig deeper into the study of the humanities in a theoretical sense, including philosophy, history, literature, and art, among other subjects. Conversely, the MAPS program at UNC-Chapel Hill is designed to be responsive to statewide and regional workforce needs, appropriately equipping you to be a leader in your industry – across a wide segment including arts and humanities, research, and professional positions – and improving the welfare of North Carolinians.
Additionally, the MAPS program focuses on professional development and skill attainment tied to industry needs through specific learning tracks in the curriculum.
|MAPS||Liberal Studies (MALS)||Interdisciplinary Studies|
|Two or more disciplines with a specific goal related to workforce needs||Two or more disciplines covering a broad range of topics||Two or more disciplines|
|Degree designed to fulfill/improve workforce needs||Interested in fulfilling a personal area of interest||Courses based on specific skillset needed (for profession)|
|Core courses in professional development||Usually has a set of core courses; General Studies emphasis||No required core|
|Capstone project directly applicable to student’s profession||Capstone project||Thesis or Capstone project|