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Goddard isn't typical. Neither are you.

The best way to prepare for a future filled with choices is to get an education that teaches you how to choose. Goddard College is a small, progressive liberal arts college that offers low-residency programs leading to accredited bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education, creative writing, interdisciplinary arts, sustainability, health arts and sciences, psychology, and individualized studies. At Goddard, you don’t pick among courses already designed—you join faculty in creating just the independent studies you need. You learn to make decisions, take a leadership role, and assess yourself honestly. Goddard is a leader in transformative education that joins individual learning with action in the world. We cultivate knowledge, skills, and strategies that respond effectively to the changing needs of communities and circumstances. Test scores (such as SATs, GREs, etc.) have not been required since the 1950s. Goddard is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

To learn more about Goddard's bachelor's and master's programs, contact an admissions counselor by completing the inquiry form, calling 800.906.8312 or writing to admissions@goddard.edu.


Earn a fully-accredited degree through self-designed studies that are rigorous, transformative, exciting and socially relevant.

Low-residency education

Goddard’s programs are offered in a low-residency format designed to accommodate the lives of working adults. Following an eight-day residency on our historic campus in Vermont or in Washington, students receive one-on-one guidance from faculty mentors who provide support and encouragement as they complete their individualized, self-designed study plans.

Low-residency education offers the best of what distance education, online programs, and traditional campus-learning offer:

  • Flexibility:  Goddard offers a flexible degree program that allows you to pursue a degree without uprooting or disrupting your life.
  • Community: Students have the opportunity to spend eight days of intensive study per semester in a community of their peers.
  • Individualized Learning: At Goddard, you can earn a bachelor's degree that intimately connects the life you're living with what you're learning, with study that is directly relevant to the degree you want.

Study Options


Bachelor of Arts in Education

The Bachelor of Arts in Education is of special interest to educators, parents, or community/cultural workers who seek knowledge in the field of educational pedagogy and progressive education. You may pursue an individualized focus in education, teacher licensure, dual language early childhood education, or community education. Goddard College's BA in Education Program Licensure Degree Option is approved by the Vermont Agency of Education to offer initial Vermont teacher licensure in the following endorsement areas:

  • Early Childhood (birth to age 6, k to grade 3 or both)
  • Elementary (k–6)
  • Art (pre-k to 6, 7 to 12, or pre-k to 12)
  • Middle Grades (5–9)
  • Secondary English
  • Secondary Social Studies

Learn more about the BA in Education.

Bachelor of Arts in Health Arts & Sciences

The low-residency BA in Health Arts & Sciences supports a holistic, interdisciplinary and integrative exploration of health, healing and well-being within an inspiring community of peers and advisors. Students who pursue this degree aim to make a difference at the personal, community, environmental or global level through activism, advocacy, the arts, coaching, research, policy development, health education, prevention programs, alternative health promotion and practices and visionary ideas for biomedical, alternative, educational, organizational, and community-based settings.

Learn more about the BA in Health Arts & Sciences.

Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies

The BA in Individualized Studies is a 120-credit, low-residency liberal arts degree. We encourage students to pursue areas of interest that shape and enrich life, and contribute to the global community and the Earth. Because we believe that you know best what you need to learn, faculty will work collaboratively with you to identify the areas of study that you will explore throughout studies. And, since knowledge of the world and personal awareness go hand in hand, we help students at all levels to undertake a holistic, multidisciplinary approach in your studies.

Learn more about the BA in Individualized Studies.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (BA/MA Fast Track)

The BA in Psychology affords students a seamless path to obtain their their bachelor's and master's degrees over a shorter period of time. Our program meets the need for higher academic credentials through an innovative educational approach for learning skill development more efficiently, while meeting national demands for qualified psychologists and counselors. During the final undergraduate semester, students earn 12 graduate credits that can be applied to a master's in psychology or mental health counseling.

Learn more about the BA/MA Fast Track.

Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability

BA in Sustainability supports you in gaining the knowledge, skills, and vision essential to understanding our place in the ecosystem, navigating the transition to a sustainable society, and creating resilient lives and livelihoods in partnership with nature. You will explore the root causes of the local and global stresses to our ecological, economic and social systems and design and implement strategies for solutions that build sustainability.

Learn more about the BA in Sustainability.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Study fiction, poetry, memoir and nonfiction, and hybrid forms in the first low-residency BFA program in the country. You may seek a sole vocation in writing, or integrate your creative writing into professions such as psychology, social work, library science or education. With the BFA in Creative Writing, you may also go on to pursue graduate work in creative writing, literature, or professional writing.

Learn more about the BFA in Creative Writing.

Master of Arts in Education

The MA in Education is of special interest to educators, parents, or community/cultural workers who seek knowledge in the field of educational pedagogy and progressive education. You may pursue an individualized focus in education, teacher licensure, dual language early childhood education, or community education. Goddard College's teacher and school counselor options are approved by the Vermont Agency of Education to offer initial Vermont teacher licensure in the following endorsement areas:

  • Early Childhood (birth to age 6, k to grade 3 or both)
  • Elementary (k–6)
  • Art (pre-k to 6, 7 to 12, or pre-k to 12)
  • Middle Grades (5–9)
  • Secondary English
  • Secondary Social Studies
  • Secondary Science
  • Guidance Counseling (k-12)

Learn more about the MA in Education.

Master of Arts in Individualized Studies

The MA in Individualized Studies is for students interested in pursuing a question, project or career interest that is interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary, and personally compelling. The emphasis is on helping each student find and hone a focus of inquiry that brings together deep interests with relevant theory and actual practice. The holistic approach of the degree means that professional goals — whether for eventual doctoral study, a particular career path, a tangible product (like a publication or business plan), or particular skills (like workshop facilitation or land use planning) — can be fully integrated into the degree plan.

Learn more about the MA in Individualized Studies.

Master of Arts in Health Arts & Sciences

The MA in Health Arts & Sciences is an interdisciplinary program founded on the principle that community health, personal health and the health of the natural world are three dimensions of the same whole. Students may undertake theoretical and practical study in such areas as community and environmental health, women’s health and midwifery, men’s health, botanical medicine and ethnobotany, nutritional health, expressive arts, body and movement therapies, integrative health systems, integrative nursing, mind-body studies, ecopsychology, and cross-cultural healing.

Learn more about the MA in Health Arts & Sciences.

Master of Arts in Psychology and Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The MA in Psychology & Counseling program helps you develop skills in practical applications of psychology. Such competencies are grounded in theory and research, personal experience, and self-knowledge, and are influenced by current social complexities and the state of psychology. These skills can be used in clinical, research, and community settings. he Goddard program is approved by the Council of Applied Master’s Programs in Psychology (CAMPP). Students pursue one of two degrees:

  • MA in Psychology
  • MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

You develop your own unique plan of study within the PSYC program based on your individual interests and goals. To prepare for state or province licensure as a therapist, you will work with your academic adviser to understand the requirements relevant to such preparation and reflect those needs in your study plan.

In addition, any student can choose the Sexual Orientation Concentration or the Expressive Arts Therapy Emphasis.

Learn more about the MA in Psychology and Counseling program.

Master of Arts in Social Innovation and Sustainability 

The MA in Social Innovation and Sustainability will prepare scholars and practitioners to address significant social, economic and ecological concerns, on local and regional levels. Whether you are a scholar seeking to explore  issues and solutions more deeply or a seasoned practitioner looking for strategies that will enable you to have greater and more sustained  impact, the MA in Social Innovation and Sustainability offers an opportunity to engage in a dynamic learning community of social change activists.

Learn more about the MA in Social Innovation and Sustainability.

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

In the Goddard College Creative Writing program, students work with faculty advisors to develop rigorous individualized study plans for finding and strengthening their creative voices and creative professional lives. The first low-residency writing program, the Goddard MFA supports students writing fiction, poetry, memoir, plays, screenplays, graphic novel scripts, and nonfiction. The faculty are professional, working authors and also devoted, effective teachers. Students can gain editing experience with the student-run Pitkin Review literary journal, and residencies include publishing workshops. The Goddard MFA includes the unique and rewarding teaching practicum, in which students teach creative craft in workshop, community, and college settings.

Learn more about the MFA in Creative Writing.

Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts

The Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts (MFAIA) engages artists from a variety of practices, including visual arts, dance, music, theater, performance art, social practice, design, digital media, and the literary arts, to study in a rigorous interdisciplinary context. Students not only have the opportunity to work across artistic disciplines both individually and in collaboration with peers, but the MFAIA also encourages broader interdisciplinary inquiry, enabling dialogue among art and science, social science, humanities, and other systems of knowledge.

One of the only graduate programs in the world committed to art as a transformational practice, the MFAIA is designed to support artists with diverse life experiences and goals ranging from the social, political, to the aesthetic, spiritual or autobiographical. Our learning community supports the development of a robust lifelong art practice.  We envision artmaking as a form of critical thinking, that integrates research and interdisciplinary problem-solving and engages ethically in public contexts.

Learn more about the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts.