Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
How long does the degree take to complete?
The program is flexible to fit your schedule. You can enroll as a part-time or full-time student. If you register as a full-time student, you can complete your degree in as little as 18 months.
Is this a part-time or full-time degree?
You may enroll full-time or part-time.
What courses do I take? I don’t see them listed.
Your course list depends on the concentration you’ve either chosen or created. Learn more and view sample concentrations.
Can I create my own concentration?
Yes! MAPS students can either pick a concentration or create their own. Students will pull from coursework throughout other schools at the University to complete their custom curriculum. Students choose 15 elective credits from two programs, with a maximum of 9 credits from one program. MAPS concentrations will help you to better understand your options.
Can I work while completing my degree?
Yes. Students have the ability to enroll part time or full time to accommodate their professional schedule.
Does the MAPS degree require any time on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus?
This will depend on the courses you select to take. You should expect to take courses both online and in-person. Learn more about MAPS flexibility.
How much support will I have in designing my concentration?
You will work closely with the director of MAPS to ensure the courses selected for your curriculum align with your concentration and professional goals.
Who will help me design my capstone?
You will work closely with the director of MAPS and your thesis committee to ensure your capstone project meets regional and/or state workforce needs.
Is the GRE required?
No, the GRE is not required for admissions.
How do I apply?
Prospective students can apply online through The Graduate School.
How do I know if this degree is right for me?
The MAPS program is designed to respond to statewide and regional workforce needs, appropriately equipping you to be a leader in your industry as opposed to a traditional academic degree. Learn more: Is MAPS right for me?
What’s a statement of purpose?
The statement of purpose for MAPS should explain your professional goals, along with ideas, issues and concerns you want to explore in your program of study. Describe how you will integrate classes from at least two programs to create a cohesive and comprehensive course of study.
Who should I contact if I have additional questions?
Have a question? Don’t hesitate to reach out. Contact us.