Once these courses are completed, every learner self-authors the remainder of their M.A. program, choosing the courses that they want to pursue and/or the directed studies that they want to create—and the faculty mentors with whom they want to learn.
The Master of Arts program includes 12 courses in all, 36 credits. Learners culminate their M.A. program by choosing to complete either a 6-credit or a 3-credit thesis or final project.
You have the opportunity to explore your own curiosity, answer your own questions, and follow your own enthusiasms—within our learning community.
The Graduate Institute employs a “low residency model.” The learner starts their program with TL 500 Transformative Learning: Principles and Praxis (3 credits) which uses a blended format with sessions both online via videoconference and with a six-day Residency during which the faculty mentors and learners meet in class sessions in person. The Institute has rolling admissions during the year, so some learners begin their course work in January or April.
For M.A. learners the second year begins with the fourth core course: TL 503 Living in a Learning Community (3 credits). This course also uses a blended format with sessions both online via videoconference and with a six-day Residency during which the faculty mentors and learners meet in class sessions in person. Learners from outside of North America are able to attend this residency virtually. All other courses and directed studies throughout the year are conducted via electronic media. Learners in both cohorts share meals, some activities, and recreation.
The Residency usually takes place during the last week of September. See the Academic Calendar for exact dates. Learners pay for the room, board, and use of facilities for the 6 days in addition to tuition for their Residency course. They also arrange their own travel to and from the Residency.
There is enormous value in learners beginning their M.A. in a cohort, learning together at through the four Core courses. We know that in a cohort, learners support each other, learn from and with each other, and develop social and intellectual bonds that enhance their learning and growth and may last for many years beyond the earning of a degree.
Every learner is invited to author their own M.A. Program, so the outcomes for each learner’s program will be the ones designed by that learner. In the Graduate Institute’s M.A. program, you decide what outcomes you seek—and our faculty mentors and your colleagues assist you and support you in this effort.
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