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