The Distance Learning Masters degree is a low-residency program.

Individualized Masters Degree
A low residency masters program


Graduate Admissions at Burlington College

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Burlington College offers an Individualized Master of Arts degree that students can tailor to their own specialized area of study.  Accredited through NEASC, our program is a 36 credit program that begins with a mandatory three day residency at Burlington College where students meet with their advisor and faculty, and finalize their plan of study.   Considered a “low residency program”, students are expected to come to campus for a three day residency prior to their first semester and prior to their graduation.  Highlights of the program include:

  • Individualized, focused study
  • 36 credit Master of Arts Degree
  • Program is a distance education program, you can complete it on campus or at home
  • A Supportive and challenging advisor is provided to you by Burlington College
  • Mandatory residency


The demands made by the College’s graduate program build upon and challenge students beyond the intellectual and creative capacities expected at the undergraduate level. Policies and procedures for admission support the academic program by admitting students who are demonstrably qualified for advanced study. As part of the admissions process, applicants submit an initial study proposal, outlining over-arching questions, personal and professional goals, the area and focus of study, and any proposed projects they wish to undertake. This will be the beginning of the student’s overall degree plan. For an application, please go here. 

Learning Goals

Students will gain knowledge of:

  • Relevant disciplines, traditions, perspectives, and theories
  • Cultural, historical, and epistemological background
  • A focused area of study

Students will practice and gain skill in:

  • Critical thinking
  • Effective writing
  • Effective communication in other modes relevant to the area of study
  • Current research methods relevant to the area of study
  • Action projects, community-based learning, or other experiential modes of learning relevant to the area of study
  • Practical skills relevant to the area of study

Students will reflect on and articulate:

  • Connections between new knowledge and previous experience and knowledge
  • Personal meaning, evolving knowledge of the area of study, and future goals
  • The evolution of a personal stance in relation to the area of study


Master’s Degree Requirements

A summary of the degree requirements for Burlington College’s Individualized Master of Arts degree can be found here.


The Residency

A residency is offered to students during their initial semester to introduce them to the program and to provide an opportunity for the intensive planning of the whole degree under the guidance of the program director and a faculty-advisor. Burlington College is currently accepting applications for Fall 2013. The application deadline is May 15, 2014. The Residency for that cohort will be from August 15 - August 17, 2014.

Masters Tuition

Full-Time Tuition (12 Credits) 
$7845 per semester
Per Credit Cost (Part-Time) $650
Residency Fee (Double Occupancy) $350
Residency Fee (Single Occupancy) $500
Residency Fee (Local/Commuter) $200
Burlington College Alumni Discount 15%


For more information about the Individualized Masters Degree Program at Burlington College, you may request more information online or contact us at:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Burlington College
351 North Avenue
Burlington, Vermont 05401
Toll Free: 800-862-9616
Direct: 802-923-2180
E-mail: jstarratburlington [dot] edu