The Goddard Graduate Institute offers a 36-credit, accelerated study option to students who are interested in deepening their expertise in a current practice and who have already conducted much of the exploratory research of a first semester student. The option is intended for professionals who have done significant work in their proposed areas of study and have a clear sense of how graduate studies will build upon current practice.
The 36-Credit Accelerated Graduate Study Option is for students who:
- Have significant experience and time as a practitioner in their proposed areas of study.
- Are already immersed in thinking about questions, and pursuing answers, related to their work in the world.
- Have strong critical writing, thinking and time management skills.
- Have participated in considerable self-directed study and/or pursued significant professional certifications, coursework and training in their field of interest.
All applicants to graduate degree programs must supply evidence of having earned an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Applicants seeking admission to the accelerated study option should demonstrate how their proposed studies in an area relate to their current practice or field, and they should have a developed idea of the final product they would like to complete.
Applicants demonstrate significant professional development in the degree or concentration in which they intend to apply in these ways:
- Completion of a degree- or concentration-related professional training program, such as the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s Health Coach Training Program, Gaia Education’s Design for Sustainability course, the Transformative Language Art Network’s TLA Foundations certification, or another training program related to their focus of study;
- At least three years of experience working in their main focus of study or practice through businesses, nonprofit or community based organizations, foundations, government agencies and/or institutions;
- Publications, conference presentations, or other professional activities related to their proposed area of study;
- Learning experiences, leadership or creative engagement in initiatives central to their topic of inquiry.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the 36-Credit Option Application process?
The application process requires submitting materials as designated in the application instructions. Materials are reviewed by a Program Admissions Committee, comprised of the Program Director and Faculty.
To begin the process, you may participate in a self-directed tutorial, which will guide you in developing components of your application. You may also complete the application without using the tutorial, if you feel prepared to answer all questions in depth.
What is the self-directed tutorial for applying?
The Accelerated Graduate Study Option Tutorial offers modules that provide:
- an introduction to Goddard’s learning philosophy and practices
- an introduction to academic expectations at the graduate level through activities and tasks
- activities and tasks to support entry into an accelerated process of study
- activities and tasks to support your completion of The Accelerated Graduate Study Option admissions application
If I meet the above criteria, am I automatically accepted into the three-semester option?
Acceptance is based on the review of your application materials by an Admissions Committee.
I have years of experience, recognized expertise in my field and many publications, is it possible to accelerate even more quickly through the graduate program?
You must complete a minimum of three full semesters to be eligible for an MA degree.
Is there a fee to apply for The Accelerated Graduate Study Option?
There is not an additional fee to apply for the accelerated study option, aside from the regular application deadline fee.
Can I switch from a three-semester to a four-semester process even if I am accepted into The Accelerated Graduate Study Option?
You may not switch into a four-semester program once you’ve been admitted into the accelerated study program.
Are there reasons not to do The Accelerated Graduate Study Option?
This is a great question. Here are some reasons students shared for why they did not choose to apply or participate in The Accelerated Graduate Study Option:
Four semesters gives more time to:
- gather research for your thesis
- set up a research project
- integrate school with work and family
- write a solid thesis
- work with the support of Faculty expertise and colleagues in a rich learning community of diverse interests
- immerse yourself into your inquiry