What are classes like?
Classes are very lively with many hands-on activities and discussions. Classes draw upon the academic literature in each subject area and also integrate students' and faculty members' experiences relating to the subject. Projects that enable students to apply what they are learning to their own workplaces and community settings enhance students' understanding of course concepts and information. Small class sizes encourage active participation and greater learning.
Classes also connect to the community through site visits, guest speakers, teaching by experienced community leaders, and class projects in community organizations, governmental offices, and workplaces.
Coursework for the certificate covers the three core areas of leadership and management, community organizing and advocacy, and communications. The Master of Arts coursework enables students to focus on areas of particular interest through electives and the Capstone project.
How long will it take me to graduate?
Students finish the program in two to three years depending on how many courses they are able to take each semester. Many working adults are able to complete six credits of coursework per semester.
What does the program ask of me?
We expect students to come to class prepared and ready to engage with classmates in the course material. The experience you bring and your ideas and insights are valuable learning resources for you and your classmates.
A general rule of thumb is to spend two to three hours doing homework for each hour of class time per week. This level of preparation is essential for the participatory nature of our classes.
We will work with you to make special arrangements for work-related travel and family obligations as long as these do not disrupt your studies or negatively impact your peers. We expect you to make the commitment to your graduate studies so that you can engage fully in the program courses and learn well.
How do I know what classes to take?
As soon as you are admitted to the program, you meet with the Program Director. You will be asked to describe your interests and career goals. With that information, the Director will work with you to develop a plan of studies that covers core areas in the program and your interests.
The three core MACL courses (MACL 601, 602, and 603 OR International Track 601, 605, 603) are sequenced to start in the fall semester and run through spring and summer. These courses need to be taken in sequence. The two capstone project courses (MACL 679 and 680) are also scheduled to run fall and spring in sequence.
How do I apply?
You can apply on-line or using a paper application form. Please see our Admissions Page for the next steps.
Is there financial aid?
Yes. Graduate students are eligible for federal loans. The college also offers a convenient payment plan and will work with your employer if you are fortunate to have an employer who assists with tuition. For more information, please contact our Financial Aid Office.
What are the application deadlines?
MACL Application Deadlines