Earn your Master of Arts degree without putting your life on hold with our low residency, Individualized Master of Arts Program. Continue to live and work in your home community while continuing to advance your professional credentials in a rapidly changing world. However, individualized doesn’t mean you work in isolation. Join a culture of collaboration that provides support, stimulation and challenge from which students are empowered to venture into their particular endeavors. We give you the flexibility to tailor your coursework to match your unique life circumstances, academic and professional interests, intellectual goals, and learning styles.
Design Your Own Degree! At Antioch University you can pursue your master of arts degree and have a life. The Individualized Master of Arts Program offer qualified students a unique opportunity to pursue a master of arts degree through an individualized, low-residency program while continuing to live and work in their home communities.
The Individualized Master of Arts degree curriculum gives you the flexibility to tailor your coursework so that it matches your unique life circumstances, academic and professional interests, intellectual goals, and learning styles. This degree is for individuals who wish to:
- Change career paths
- Gain graduate qualifications to increase job security, flexibility and advancement opportunity in their current positions
- Advance their commitment to social engagement by honing their knowledge, skills and habits of mind
Pursuing an individualized master of arts degree does not mean students work in isolation. The IMA program builds a culture of collaboration that provides support, stimulation and challenge from which students are empowered to venture into their particular endeavors.
The typical amount of time for completion of the master’s degree is 2 years (6 academic semesters) for full-time students, and 4 years (12 academic semesters) for half-time students. For all students the maximum enrollment time is 5 years. The predicted enrollment limits do not include leave of absence and withdrawal terms. Financial aid is only available at full- and half-time enrollment status.
In order to graduate, students must complete the following:
- 2 short residencies (2-3 days each)
- 36 semester credits of academic work, comprised of 18 credits of foundations coursework and either 12 or 15 credits of individualized learning
- Either 3 credits professional seminar or 6 credits of thesis learning
Students work closely with their Faculty Advisors, Concentration Mentors, and Thesis Readers to assure that they will meet all graduation requirements. Upon a student’s completion of the above, the Faculty Advisor will recommend the student for graduation.
- Critical Thinking in Professional & Academic Writing
- Foundations of Field, Part I & II
- Research Methods
- Individualized Curriculum Design
- Systems Thinking for a Complex World
- 5 Elective Individualized Courses
- Choose one capstone option:
- Integrative Seminar
- Autoethnography, Social Responsibility and Right Livelihood
- Transdisciplinary Writing
For detailed curriculum, degree requirements, and course descriptions, please visit the AUM catalog.
The Individualized Master of Arts (IMA) in Interdisciplinary Studies and Social Sciences provides students with the knowledge and skills to develop and advance careers in a variety of fields. Possible careers include:
- Management Analyst
- Consumer Advocate
- Market Researcher
- A commitment to social responsibility within one’s discipline or field
- Mastery of the integration of theory and practice in one’s discipline or field
- Adoption of a multi-disciplinary understanding of one’s discipline or field
- Proficiency in collaborative practice within one’s discipline or field
- Content area proficiency (first year) and mastery (complete degree) within one’s discipline or field