Frequently Asked Questions
Goucher College Master of Arts in Arts Administration
How does your limited residency program work?
Goucher's MAAA program is designed for working professionals. Students and faculty gather for a limited residency each summer, and both fall and spring semesters involve focused, small classes via distance learning. The limited residency is designed so that students attend classes and participate in other on-campus events for two weeks during late July/early August. Students attend the residency for three summers, with graduating students returning the fourth summer to defend their major papers and participate in Commencement.
Where can I stay during the residency?
Everyone stays on campus during the residency. These are individual rooms in air-conditioned dorms with wireless access throughout campus. Three meals a day are provided in the dining hall as part of the room and board fee. The campus also offers a variety of amenities including a gym, swimming pool, and hiking trail. The campus is also an easy walk to restaurants, shops, grocery stores, and movie theaters.
What kind of equipment will I need for the distance learning program?
See Technology Requirements in main menu. If possible, students should plan to bring their laptops to campus during the summer residency.
How long will it take to get my degree?
Most students take three years to complete the required forty-three credit hours in order to graduate. Nine of these credits will be earned from the courses begun during the three summer residencies. Twenty-eight additional credits are earned through classes taken during the fall and spring semesters via distance learning. The remaining six credits are earned through the internship and major paper, which are each completed independently (under faculty supervision). Students must take at least one course per semester, and have a maximum of five years in which to complete all requirements. Most students are also working full time in the arts field while enrolled in the MAAA program.
Who are the faculty and how large are the individual classes?
The Goucher faculty are distinguished leaders in the field of arts administration from all over the country. They bring a depth of experience that is invaluable to students. All faculty members in the MAAA program are currently working in the field of arts administration so their information is practical and current. The online courses have no more than eight students in each class, allowing faculty members to give each person the close personal attention that the Goucher program offers. See MAAA Faculty for names and bios.
How much does the program cost?
For the 2011 entering class, tuition is $710 per credit hour. On-campus room and board for the August 2011 summer session is $80 per night. There is also an $90 student services fee each semester. Modest annual increases may be expected.
Is there any financial aid?
Goucher MAAA students are eligible to apply for federal student loans. Please see link for financial aid details.
What qualifications do I need for the MAAA program and how do I apply?
Admission to the program is granted to selected applicants whose academic and professional qualifications give promise of success in self-directed graduate study. The applicant must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and have a minimum of two years paid or volunteer post-baccalaureate work experience. Students who are citizens of or in residence in other countries must have the ability to function successfully in English. Applications are accepted only once a year, with the due date typically in early to mid-March. For complete information on the application procedure, click on the Application Procedures link in the navigation pane.
Can I begin the program in the middle of the school year, without attending the summer residency?
No. All prospective students must meet the March application deadline described under Application Procedures. Students who are accepted into the program must begin their course of study with the summer residency.