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You will design your own curriculum by proposing a series of courses designed to meet your professional needs. Courses you choose must be drawn from at least two different programs to ensure an interdisciplinary experience.

Degree requirements

30 credit hours, consisting of the following curriculum:

  • Introductory core course in professional studies (3 credits)
  • Core applied professional skills curriculum (9 credits)
  • Elective courses tailored based on academic and professional interests (15 credits)
  • Capstone experience (3 credits)

You may choose to enroll full-time or part-time and will have five years to complete the degree. The MAPS program will utilize a mix of in-person and online courses.

Sample concentrations

Please note these sample concentrations are strictly meant to be examples of the concentration you select or create.

Introduction MAPS Course (3 credits, Fall and Spring)

MAPS Core (9 credits)

  • GRAD 712 – Leadership in the Workplace (1.5 credits, Spring)
    Effective leadership begins with understanding your capacity to influence others and galvanize them around positive change. This course examines your current leadership behaviors and addresses the relationship of those behaviors to leadership development opportunities including influencing team dynamics, building productive relationships and managing change as a professional and a leader.
  • GRAD 713 – Applied Project Management: Frameworks, Principles and Techniques (1.5 credits, Fall and Spring)
    This course focuses on practical project management principles and techniques, demonstrating their effectiveness in the workplace. Key topics include frameworks and methodologies, planning and monitoring projects, risk management, stakeholder management, managing your team, and time and cost management. This course will include group work.
  • GRAD 714 – Introduction to Financial Accounting (1.5 credits, Spring)
    This course will teach the basics of Financial Accounting, including the Balance Sheet, the Income Statement, and the Statement of Cash Flows and Budgeting. The final presentation will incorporate financial skills and knowledge that can be used to support a future project proposal to business managers in an organization.
  • GRAD 715 – Business Communication (1.5 credits)
    Business Communication is a 7-week course and development series designed to provide Carolina graduate students strategies and tactics for: (1) clearly, concisely, and convincingly communicating their ideas in business settings; and (2) operating with a client (e.g., internal, external) focus. Students will explore some of the fundamentals of business writing, including practices for writing common business documents.

1-2 Electives – choose from:

  • GLBL 701 – Political Economy of Development (3.0 credits)
    Presents foundational theories, concepts, and empirical research regarding the political economy of development. In content, course will define this topic broadly, from considering the political and economic dynamics of the international community (e.g., aid) as well as the intersection of economics and politics in comparative perspective (e.g., democratization and development).
  • GRAD 725 – Build Your Professional Brand: Develop Job Search Skills and Materials to Make Employers Notice You (1.5 credits)
    Building effective job search strategies, materials, and a strong online presence is essential for career success inside and outside the academy. Work with professionals with expertise in all areas of the job search process to develop your brand including a LinkedIn profile, resume/CV, cover letters and identify your job values, job skills, and develop a Professional Development Plan. Interactive sessions will provide the setting to develop/refine your materials and your career approach.
  • GRAD 736 – Venture Capital Practicum (1.5 credits)
    In this experiential course, students will explore the activities and tools needed to make actual investment decisions for emerging companies. The course is offered in collaboration with Carolina Research Ventures (CRV), which supports companies engaged in commercializing technologies and other assets emanating from the University and UNC Health. Students will learn principles of rigorous and reproducible due diligence and market research; learn key components to the conduct of thorough due diligence on early-stage companies.
  • GRAD 737 – Journey to Entrepreneurship: Building Your Start Up Skillset (variable credit and terms)
    Provides a skill-driven curriculum for trainees interested in the fundamentals of launching and financing startups, including university spinouts. Led by a different subject matter expert each week, course topics will include fundraising strategies for your startup, preparing for due diligence and how to effectively pitch to your investors. Insights and skills gained from this course will enable students to work effectively with startup companies and entrepreneurs.
  • GRAD 751 – Consulting Fundamentals For Adv. Professional Degree Graduate Students (1.5 credits)
    The course covers the fundamental skills required in consulting: defining the problem, gathering relevant information, analyzing data, synthesizing findings, drawing conclusions, developing recommendations, and communicating those recommendations. Students (1.5 credits)
  • GRAD 755 – Fundamentals of Technology Commercialization (1.5 credits)
    This course provides an overview of the fundamental first steps of technology commercialization, with a specific emphasis on university technology commercialization (aka technology transfer). The course will cover the following topics: Market Assessment, Intellectual Property, Technology Development, Licensing, Commercial Development, and University Startups. Permission from the instructor required.
  • GRAD 770 – Executive Perspective: The Digital Revolution and its Impact on Business (1.5 credits)
    The Digital Revolution is transforming the way we live and work – from technology-driven to human-centered; from point solutions to end-to-end; and from fragmented to integrated. The course is designed to provide an overview and introduction to transformational principles for individuals, organizations, and industry ecosystems. Students will explore new models of engagement, persona discovery, value mapping, and systems thinking to anchor them to the critical attributes of the digital revolution.

Global Development slate of courses, as selected by student (15 credits, variable credit and terms)

  • Business
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Global Studies
  • Health Behavior
  • History
  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Other community-based course(s)

MAPS Capstone (3 credits, Fall and Spring)

Introduction MAPS Course (3 credits, Fall and Spring)

MAPS Core (9 credits)

  • GRAD 712 – Leadership in the Workplace (1.5 credits, Spring)
    Effective leadership begins with understanding your capacity to influence others and galvanize them around positive change. This course examines your current leadership behaviors and addresses the relationship of those behaviors to leadership development opportunities including influencing team dynamics, building productive relationships and managing change as a professional and a leader.
  • GRAD 713 – Applied Project Management: Frameworks, Principles and Techniques (1.5 credits, Fall and Spring)
    This course focuses on practical project management principles and techniques, demonstrating their effectiveness in the workplace. Key topics include frameworks and methodologies, planning and monitoring projects, risk management, stakeholder management, managing your team, and time and cost management. This course will include group work.
  • GRAD 714 – Introduction to Financial Accounting (1.5 credits, Spring)
    This course will teach the basics of Financial Accounting, including the Balance Sheet, the Income Statement, and the Statement of Cash Flows and Budgeting. The final presentation will incorporate financial skills and knowledge that can be used to support a future project proposal to business managers in an organization.
  • GRAD 715 – Business Communication (1.5 credits)
    Business Communication is a 7-week course and development series designed to provide Carolina graduate students strategies and tactics for: (1) clearly, concisely, and convincingly communicating their ideas in business settings; and (2) operating with a client (e.g., internal, external) focus. Students will explore some of the fundamentals of business writing, including practices for writing common business documents.

1-2 Electives – choose from:

  • PWAD/PUBA 635 – Military Leadership and Public Service (3 credits)
    Leadership as taught and demonstrated in the military and how it translates to leadership in public service, including the interrelationship of the military and other public service and the transition of veterans to civilian leadership roles.
  • GRAD 725 – Build Your Professional Brand: Develop Job Search Skills and Materials to Make Employers Notice You (1.5 credits)
    Building effective job search strategies, materials, and a strong online presence is essential for career success inside and outside the academy. Work with professionals with expertise in all areas of the job search process to develop your brand including a LinkedIn profile, resume/CV, cover letters and identify your job values, job skills, and develop a Professional Development Plan. Interactive sessions will provide the setting to develop/refine your materials and your career approach.
  • GRAD 736 – Venture Capital Practicum (1.5 credits)
    In this experiential course, students will explore the activities and tools needed to make actual investment decisions for emerging companies. The course is offered in collaboration with Carolina Research Ventures (CRV), which supports companies engaged in commercializing technologies and other assets emanating from the University and UNC Health. Students will learn principles of rigorous and reproducible due diligence and market research; learn key components to the conduct of thorough due diligence on early-stage companies.
  • GRAD 737 – Journey to Entrepreneurship: Building Your Start Up Skillset (variable credit and terms)
    Provides a skill-driven curriculum for trainees interested in the fundamentals of launching and financing startups, including university spinouts. Led by a different subject matter expert each week, course topics will include fundraising strategies for your startup, preparing for due diligence and how to effectively pitch to your investors. Insights and skills gained from this course will enable students to work effectively with startup companies and entrepreneurs.
  • GRAD 751 – Consulting Fundamentals For Adv. Professional Degree Graduate Students (1.5 credits)
    The course covers the fundamental skills required in consulting: defining the problem, gathering relevant information, analyzing data, synthesizing findings, drawing conclusions, developing recommendations, and communicating those recommendations. Students (1.5 credits)
  • GRAD 755 – Fundamentals of Technology Commercialization (1.5 credits)
    This course provides an overview of the fundamental first steps of technology commercialization, with a specific emphasis on university technology commercialization (aka technology transfer). The course will cover the following topics: Market Assessment, Intellectual Property, Technology Development, Licensing, Commercial Development, and University Startups. Permission from the instructor required.
  • GRAD 770 – Executive Perspective: The Digital Revolution and its Impact on Business (1.5 credits)
    The Digital Revolution is transforming the way we live and work – from technology-driven to human-centered; from point solutions to end-to-end; and from fragmented to integrated. The course is designed to provide an overview and introduction to transformational principles for individuals, organizations, and industry ecosystems. Students will explore new models of engagement, persona discovery, value mapping, and systems thinking to anchor them to the critical attributes of the digital revolution.

Military Leadership in Society slate of courses, as selected by student (15 credits, variable credit and terms)

  • Business
  • Communication
  • Government
  • History
  • Peace, War, and Defense
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy
  • Sociology
  • Other community-based course(s)

MAPS Capstone (3 credits, Fall and Spring)

Introduction MAPS Course (3 credits, Fall and Spring)

MAPS Core (9 credits)

  • GRAD 712 – Leadership in the Workplace (1.5 credits, Spring)
    Effective leadership begins with understanding your capacity to influence others and galvanize them around positive change. This course examines your current leadership behaviors and addresses the relationship of those behaviors to leadership development opportunities including influencing team dynamics, building productive relationships and managing change as a professional and a leader.
  • GRAD 713 – Applied Project Management: Frameworks, Principles and Techniques (1.5 credits, Fall and Spring)
    This course focuses on practical project management principles and techniques, demonstrating their effectiveness in the workplace. Key topics include frameworks and methodologies, planning and monitoring projects, risk management, stakeholder management, managing your team, and time and cost management. This course will include group work.
  • GRAD 714 – Introduction to Financial Accounting (1.5 credits, Spring)
    This course will teach the basics of Financial Accounting, including the Balance Sheet, the Income Statement, and the Statement of Cash Flows and Budgeting. The final presentation will incorporate financial skills and knowledge that can be used to support a future project proposal to business managers in an organization.
  • GRAD 715 – Business Communication (1.5 credits)
    Business Communication is a 7-week course and development series designed to provide Carolina graduate students strategies and tactics for: (1) clearly, concisely, and convincingly communicating their ideas in business settings; and (2) operating with a client (e.g., internal, external) focus. Students will explore some of the fundamentals of business writing, including practices for writing common business documents.

2 Electives – choose from:

  • GRAD 725 – Build Your Professional Brand: Develop Job Search Skills and Materials to Make Employers Notice You (1.5 credits)
    Building effective job search strategies, materials, and a strong online presence is essential for career success inside and outside the academy. Work with professionals with expertise in all areas of the job search process to develop your brand including a LinkedIn profile, resume/CV, cover letters and identify your job values, job skills, and develop a Professional Development Plan. Interactive sessions will provide the setting to develop/refine your materials and your career approach.
  • GRAD 736 – Venture Capital Practicum (1.5 credits)
    In this experiential course, students will explore the activities and tools needed to make actual investment decisions for emerging companies. The course is offered in collaboration with Carolina Research Ventures (CRV), which supports companies engaged in commercializing technologies and other assets emanating from the University and UNC Health. Students will learn principles of rigorous and reproducible due diligence and market research; learn key components to the conduct of thorough due diligence on early-stage companies.
  • GRAD 737 – Journey to Entrepreneurship: Building Your Start Up Skillset (variable credit and terms)
    Provides a skill-driven curriculum for trainees interested in the fundamentals of launching and financing startups, including university spinouts. Led by a different subject matter expert each week, course topics will include fundraising strategies for your startup, preparing for due diligence and how to effectively pitch to your investors. Insights and skills gained from this course will enable students to work effectively with startup companies and entrepreneurs.
  • GRAD 751 – Consulting Fundamentals For Adv. Professional Degree Graduate Students (1.5 credits)
    The course covers the fundamental skills required in consulting: defining the problem, gathering relevant information, analyzing data, synthesizing findings, drawing conclusions, developing recommendations, and communicating those recommendations. Students (1.5 credits)
  • GRAD 755 – Fundamentals of Technology Commercialization (1.5 credits)
    This course provides an overview of the fundamental first steps of technology commercialization, with a specific emphasis on university technology commercialization (aka technology transfer). The course will cover the following topics: Market Assessment, Intellectual Property, Technology Development, Licensing, Commercial Development, and University Startups. Permission from the instructor required.
  • GRAD 770 – Executive Perspective: The Digital Revolution and its Impact on Business (1.5 credits)
    The Digital Revolution is transforming the way we live and work – from technology-driven to human-centered; from point solutions to end-to-end; and from fragmented to integrated. The course is designed to provide an overview and introduction to transformational principles for individuals, organizations, and industry ecosystems. Students will explore new models of engagement, persona discovery, value mapping, and systems thinking to anchor them to the critical attributes of the digital revolution.

Nonprofit Management slate of courses, as selected by student (15 credits, variable credit and terms)

  • Business
  • Communication
  • Health Policy and Management
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health
  • Social Work
  • Other course(s) selected by student

MAPS Capstone (3 credits, Fall and Spring)

Introduction MAPS Course (3 credits, Fall and Spring)

MAPS Core (9 credits)

  • GRAD 712 – Leadership in the Workplace (1.5 credits, Spring)
    Effective leadership begins with understanding your capacity to influence others and galvanize them around positive change. This course examines your current leadership behaviors and addresses the relationship of those behaviors to leadership development opportunities including influencing team dynamics, building productive relationships and managing change as a professional and a leader.
  • GRAD 713 – Applied Project Management: Frameworks, Principles and Techniques (1.5 credits, Fall and Spring)
    This course focuses on practical project management principles and techniques, demonstrating their effectiveness in the workplace. Key topics include frameworks and methodologies, planning and monitoring projects, risk management, stakeholder management, managing your team, and time and cost management. This course will include group work.
  • GRAD 714 – Introduction to Financial Accounting (1.5 credits, Spring)
    This course will teach the basics of Financial Accounting, including the Balance Sheet, the Income Statement, and the Statement of Cash Flows and Budgeting. The final presentation will incorporate financial skills and knowledge that can be used to support a future project proposal to business managers in an organization.
  • GRAD 715 – Business Communication (1.5 credits)
    Business Communication is a 7-week course and development series designed to provide Carolina graduate students strategies and tactics for: (1) clearly, concisely, and convincingly communicating their ideas in business settings; and (2) operating with a client (e.g., internal, external) focus. Students will explore some of the fundamentals of business writing, including practices for writing common business documents.

2 Electives – choose from:

  • GRAD 725 – Build Your Professional Brand: Develop Job Search Skills and Materials to Make Employers Notice You (1.5 credits)
    Building effective job search strategies, materials, and a strong online presence is essential for career success inside and outside the academy. Work with professionals with expertise in all areas of the job search process to develop your brand including a LinkedIn profile, resume/CV, cover letters and identify your job values, job skills, and develop a Professional Development Plan. Interactive sessions will provide the setting to develop/refine your materials and your career approach.
  • GRAD 736 – Venture Capital Practicum (1.5 credits)
    In this experiential course, students will explore the activities and tools needed to make actual investment decisions for emerging companies. The course is offered in collaboration with Carolina Research Ventures (CRV), which supports companies engaged in commercializing technologies and other assets emanating from the University and UNC Health. Students will learn principles of rigorous and reproducible due diligence and market research; learn key components to the conduct of thorough due diligence on early-stage companies.
  • GRAD 737 – Journey to Entrepreneurship: Building Your Start Up Skillset (variable credit and terms)
    Provides a skill-driven curriculum for trainees interested in the fundamentals of launching and financing startups, including university spinouts. Led by a different subject matter expert each week, course topics will include fundraising strategies for your startup, preparing for due diligence and how to effectively pitch to your investors. Insights and skills gained from this course will enable students to work effectively with startup companies and entrepreneurs.
  • GRAD 751 – Consulting Fundamentals For Adv. Professional Degree Graduate Students (1.5 credits)
    The course covers the fundamental skills required in consulting: defining the problem, gathering relevant information, analyzing data, synthesizing findings, drawing conclusions, developing recommendations, and communicating those recommendations. Students (1.5 credits)
  • GRAD 755 – Fundamentals of Technology Commercialization (1.5 credits)
    This course provides an overview of the fundamental first steps of technology commercialization, with a specific emphasis on university technology commercialization (aka technology transfer). The course will cover the following topics: Market Assessment, Intellectual Property, Technology Development, Licensing, Commercial Development, and University Startups. Permission from the instructor required.
  • GRAD 770 – Executive Perspective: The Digital Revolution and its Impact on Business (1.5 credits)
    The Digital Revolution is transforming the way we live and work – from technology-driven to human-centered; from point solutions to end-to-end; and from fragmented to integrated. The course is designed to provide an overview and introduction to transformational principles for individuals, organizations, and industry ecosystems. Students will explore new models of engagement, persona discovery, value mapping, and systems thinking to anchor them to the critical attributes of the digital revolution.

Research Administration slate of courses, as selected by student (15 credits, variable credit and terms)

  • Communication
  • The Graduate School
  • Health Policy and Management
  • Information Science
  • Other course(s) selected by student

MAPS Capstone (3 credits, Fall and Spring)

Introduction MAPS Course (3 credits, Fall and Spring)

MAPS Core (9 credits)

  • GRAD 712 – Leadership in the Workplace (1.5 credits, Spring)
    Effective leadership begins with understanding your capacity to influence others and galvanize them around positive change. This course examines your current leadership behaviors and addresses the relationship of those behaviors to leadership development opportunities including influencing team dynamics, building productive relationships and managing change as a professional and a leader.
  • GRAD 713 – Applied Project Management: Frameworks, Principles and Techniques (1.5 credits, Fall and Spring)
    This course focuses on practical project management principles and techniques, demonstrating their effectiveness in the workplace. Key topics include frameworks and methodologies, planning and monitoring projects, risk management, stakeholder management, managing your team, and time and cost management. This course will include group work.
  • GRAD 714 – Introduction to Financial Accounting (1.5 credits, Spring)
    This course will teach the basics of Financial Accounting, including the Balance Sheet, the Income Statement, and the Statement of Cash Flows and Budgeting. The final presentation will incorporate financial skills and knowledge that can be used to support a future project proposal to business managers in an organization.
  • GRAD 715 – Business Communication (1.5 credits)
    Business Communication is a 7-week course and development series designed to provide Carolina graduate students strategies and tactics for: (1) clearly, concisely, and convincingly communicating their ideas in business settings; and (2) operating with a client (e.g., internal, external) focus. Students will explore some of the fundamentals of business writing, including practices for writing common business documents.

2 Electives – choose from:

  • GRAD 725 – Build Your Professional Brand: Develop Job Search Skills and Materials to Make Employers Notice You (1.5 credits)
    Building effective job search strategies, materials, and a strong online presence is essential for career success inside and outside the academy. Work with professionals with expertise in all areas of the job search process to develop your brand including a LinkedIn profile, resume/CV, cover letters and identify your job values, job skills, and develop a Professional Development Plan. Interactive sessions will provide the setting to develop/refine your materials and your career approach.
  • GRAD 736 – Venture Capital Practicum (1.5 credits)
    In this experiential course, students will explore the activities and tools needed to make actual investment decisions for emerging companies. The course is offered in collaboration with Carolina Research Ventures (CRV), which supports companies engaged in commercializing technologies and other assets emanating from the University and UNC Health. Students will learn principles of rigorous and reproducible due diligence and market research; learn key components to the conduct of thorough due diligence on early-stage companies.
  • GRAD 737 – Journey to Entrepreneurship: Building Your Start Up Skillset (variable credit and terms)
    Provides a skill-driven curriculum for trainees interested in the fundamentals of launching and financing startups, including university spinouts. Led by a different subject matter expert each week, course topics will include fundraising strategies for your startup, preparing for due diligence and how to effectively pitch to your investors. Insights and skills gained from this course will enable students to work effectively with startup companies and entrepreneurs.
  • GRAD 751 – Consulting Fundamentals For Adv. Professional Degree Graduate Students (1.5 credits)
    The course covers the fundamental skills required in consulting: defining the problem, gathering relevant information, analyzing data, synthesizing findings, drawing conclusions, developing recommendations, and communicating those recommendations. Students (1.5 credits)
  • GRAD 755 – Fundamentals of Technology Commercialization (1.5 credits)
    This course provides an overview of the fundamental first steps of technology commercialization, with a specific emphasis on university technology commercialization (aka technology transfer). The course will cover the following topics: Market Assessment, Intellectual Property, Technology Development, Licensing, Commercial Development, and University Startups. Permission from the instructor required.
  • GRAD 770 – Executive Perspective: The Digital Revolution and its Impact on Business (1.5 credits)
    The Digital Revolution is transforming the way we live and work – from technology-driven to human-centered; from point solutions to end-to-end; and from fragmented to integrated. The course is designed to provide an overview and introduction to transformational principles for individuals, organizations, and industry ecosystems. Students will explore new models of engagement, persona discovery, value mapping, and systems thinking to anchor them to the critical attributes of the digital revolution.

Women in Leadership slate of courses, as selected by student (15 credits, variable credit and terms)

  • Anthropology
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Education
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Other community-based course(s)

MAPS Capstone (3 credits, Fall and Spring)

Graduate Certificate in Innovation, Leadership, & Management (GCILM)

As a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate student, you are eligible to earn the Graduate Certificate in Innovation, Leadership, & Management (GCILM). The certificate is designed to prepare graduate students for the world of work, by developing fundamental skills needed to be successful in a variety of roles. For more information please visit: The Graduate Certificate in Innovation, Leadership, & Management – CareerWell.

Professional Development

In addition to the Master of Applied Professional Studies (MAPS) degree and the Graduate Certificate in Innovation, Leadership, and Management (GCILM), The Graduate School offers a wealth of professional development courses, events, and resources. Be sure to check out The Graduate School’s Professional Development site to learn more.