To earn the Master of Arts in Cultural Sustainability, students will complete a minimum of 42 credits of required, elective and professional management courses. The required courses make up roughly half (22.5 credits) of the degree and include a six-credit capstone project in the field. The additional 19.5 course credits are drawn from program electives* (CSP) and a minimum of 9 course credits from the Professional Management (PMGT) curriculum.
Courses are conducted primarily online, reaching a national audience and allowing you to work and pursue the degree regardless of your location. In addition, a limited residency and workshop components will provide face-to-face interaction and fieldwork with faculty and other students in the program.
*With the permission of the academic director, electives from the M.A. in Digital Arts may be applied.
On-Campus (Limited Residency)
Students are required to attend two one-week on-campus residencies in January and August. It is during the first residency that new students will meet one-on-one the academic director to create an individualized course of study which will guide them through the program.
The on-campus residency is a time for students to come together and study with faculty in person. Students engage in seminars, field experiences, and friendly gatherings. This is an opportunity for faculty and students to work alongside one another in field experiences in urban locales such as Baltimore, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia as well as hands-on exploration and documentation of communities in rural sites such as the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
The residencies are one important way that we build a life-long network of alumnae/i committed to the importance of sustaining culture and communities.
Off-Campus (Distance Learning)
While the limited residency portion of the program allows students to engage in-person with their faculty and classmates, it is the distance learning portion of the program that allows students to return to their homes and continue their education. Although some courses begin on campus during the residencies, the majority are interactive online courses designed to be completed during either 7 or 14 weeks of the fall or spring semesters. Students are expected to spend approximately 10 to 12 hours per week on each course.
Faculty maintain very close contact with students throughout the semester. Depending on the course, this may involve, synchronous online discussions, asynchronous conversation, visiting online lecturers, blogs, wikis, and student group projects and presentations. The formation of an online student/faculty community is key to our program. Faculty inform and lead the way for students to learn and share their knowledge and experiences with the community. Students work together in and individually to share their thoughts and products. This format produces a rich learning environment where all can learn not only from our eminent faculty but also from each other.