Self-directed, adult learners seeking to design an advanced degree around their unique interests find the perfect fit in APU’s Master of Arts Program (MAP).
Work closely with your academic advisor to create a flexible and personalized study plan and to get the support you need throughout your program.
One-on-one mentorships with APU faculty and with experts and professionals outside the university you in achieving your degree goals.
A degree in MAP is a perfect choice for current professionals who need a graduate degree in order to advance in their careers and for teachers/current educators seeking graduate study to gain expertise in areas that will advance their personal and professional development. MAP is also a good fit for post-career professionals seeking an advanced degree to expand on their learning in creative endeavors/the arts (writing, photography, drama, theater), spiritual/religious studies and many other unique, interdisciplinary interests.
Contract Learning Research:
Under supervision of a faculty mentor, students discover and understand the best and most important things that have been thought, said and executed in their subject area.
Contract Learning Practicum:
Under supervision of a faculty mentor, students put into practice what they have discovered and articulated in their research.
Project Demonstrating Mastery:
Under supervision of a faculty mentor, students execute a project in which they make their own significant contribution to the field of study.
APU’s MAP program worked well for me as an older student and as a self-directed learner. It allowed me to focus on my interests in Onward and Upward, so that I was able to continue my education to help develop the program. -Randy Dowd, MAP, 2012
Institute & Program Area
APU’s Institute of Culture & Environment promotes the advancement of knowledge, understanding, and reasoning in Liberal Studies, Marine and Environmental Sciences, and Outdoor Studies. Honoring Alaska’s cultural and geographic diversity, the Institute prepares students to address and engage our region’s complex and unique challenges.
Moving ideas! When you want to combine creative thinking with practical skills, choose any of the Liberal Studies programs and put your talent to work. Whether your outlet is in music, poetry or media and communications– whether you aim to improve the planet or enhance well-being one person at a time – our programs provide meaningful pathways to meet your goals.