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M.A. Core Experience

Course of Study

Typically, a twenty-five month Masters Degree Program includes three residential sessions each of three summers, two meditative-artistic weekend retreats, three online courses, directed study and the completion of a thesis. Instead of specialized academic programs or prescribed areas of concentration, the course of study will have a prescribed Core Experience complemented by sufficient elective courses and directed study for a coherent, individually devised program.

The First Year begins with a three-week, five-credit, residential summer intensive Core Experience, which continues by means of a one-credit online course during each of the following two semesters (fall and spring). These first year Core Experience courses focus on the following:

Cognition, both theory (epistemology) and practice

Biography and Vocation

Arts

Contemplative Inquiry

Two online electives (3 credits each) and at least one Working Weekend Arts and Meditation retreat (1 credit) complete the first year.

The Second and Third Summers deepen the Common Core for all students with two more five-credit residential summer sessions. IN the second summer the study of research methods (quantitative and qualitative) is an important component, in addition to continued work on arts, biography and contemplation. During the second summer, students develop a Degree Completion Plan (DCP), designing a distinctive Masters-level research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor. During the final residential summer session, students continue to deepen their work in contemplation, biography and the arts and they also present their Masters research or project to faculty and peers for critical appraisal and improvement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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