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

Individualized Masters Degree
A low residency masters program

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Individualized Masters Degree Requirements

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Beyond the undergraduate certificates and degrees, the College also offers a 36-credit Individualized Master of Arts degree via distance learning. Working with an academic advisor, an individualized degree plan is developed. The plan includes appropriate course work and internship(s) and culminates in a nine-credit capstone project/thesis that is undertaken over the final two semesters. Students may study full-time at 12 credits-per-semester or part-time with as few as three credits.

A residency is required of students during their initial semester to introduce them to the program through meaningful workshops and to provide for intensive planning for the program of studies under the guidance of the program director and faculty advisor. A final residency is also required for presentation of the capstone project.

As part of the admissions process, applicants submit an initial study proposal, outlining personal and professional goals and the area and focus of study. This forms the beginning of the student’s overall degree plan.

For more information on the Master’s degree program, please contact the Graduate Admissions office at the College. 

Required Coursework Credits
IMA500-Foundations I: Specify Individual Focus 3
IMA510-Foundations II: Specify Individual Focus 3
IMA520-Research Methods 3
IMA530-Focused Study I: Specify Individual Focus 3
IMA540-Focused Study II: Specify Individual Focus 3
IMA550-Practical Experience I: Specify Individual Focus  3
IMA560-Elective I: Specify Individualized Subject Title 3
IMA565-Elective II: Specify Individualized Subject Title 3
IMA568-Elective III: Specify Individualized Subject Title 3
DEG650-Capstone I 3
DEG651-Capstone II  6
Total credits 36

 

Individualized Master of Arts Degree

All learning activities described below are individually-tailored to address the needs of individual learning plans and areas of study while ensuring that the learning goals of the overarching degree program are addressed. Thirty-six credits total are required.
                                                                                                                                       

IMA500 Foundations I: Insert Individual Focus: 3 Credits
In this learning activity, the student will gain knowledge of relevant disciplines, traditions, perspectives and theories related to individualized degree goals while practicing and expanding skills in critical thinking and effective writing.

IMA510 Foundations II: Insert Individual Focus: 3 Credits
In this learning activity, the student will gain knowledge of cultural, historical, and epistemological background related to individualized degree goals while practicing and expanding skills in critical thinking and effective writing.

IMA520 Research Methods: 3 Credits
In this required learning activity, the student will practice and gain skills in current research methods relevant to the area of study.  (Note: Students with significant, recent and relevant research methods experience may document this experience and petition to substitute an additional elective in place of this required coursework.)

IMA530 Focused Study I: Insert Individual Focus: 3 Credits
In this learning activity, the student will gain knowledge of the focused area of study. The student will continue to hone critical thinking and writing skills, while also gaining effective communication skills in other modes relevant to the area of study as applicable.  S/he will begin to make connections between new and previous knowledge and experiences, and reflect on personal meaning and future goals.

IMA540 Focused Study II: Insert Individual Focus: 3 Credits
In this learning activity, the student will continue to focus on the individualized area of study. S/he will continue to incorporate new knowledge with previous experience and knowledge, and begin to articulate a personal stance in relation to the area of study.

IMA550 Practical Experience I: Insert Individual Focus: 3 Credits
In this learning activity, the student will gain practical skills in action projects, community-based learning, or other experiential modes of learning relevant to the area of study.

IMA560 Elective I: Free Form Individualized Title: 3 Credits
IMA565 Elective II: Free Form Individualized Title: 3 Credits
IMA568 Elective III: Free Form Individualized Title: 3 Credits
These learning activities are designed by the student and his advising team to round-out the individualized degree plan in whatever manner best enhances the student’s learning. Students may use these credits creatively to undertake additional practical experience, focused study, or other. (Note: Only 6 credits of internship experience may be applied toward degree requirements. Exceptions approved by petition to the Academic Review Committee.)

DEG650 Capstone I: 3 Credits
The capstone project synthesizes the student’s learning in a single project that demonstrates fulfillment of the program’s learning goals. In Capstone I, students undertake the research itself, using and developing critical thinking skills as well as skills gained in previous research methods coursework relevant to knowledge of the focused area of study, skills in critical thinking. For more information on the Capstone Project, click here.

DEG651 Capstone II: 6 Credits
During the final semester, the student develops the final project. Using skills in critical thinking, effective writing, current research methods relevant to area of study, the student articulates knowledge, connections, and personal stance.