A Low Residency Masters Program
You are a multi-faceted person and your areas of academic interest might extend beyond the traditional framework of higher education. Whether it is to broaden your horizons or your job opportunities, the Individualized Masters Degree, a distance learning program at Burlington College, enables you to create a degree program that is perfectly suited to your needs and interests. And our low-residency model enables you to have the flexibility to study when and where it works best for you.
The Individualized Masters Degree is a 36-credit, low-residency program that culminates in a nine-credit capstone project which demonstrates competence in your chosen field of study. The program strongly encourages engagement in internships and the use of community resources to enrich your educational experiences. You have the option of completing the program in three semesters by attending full-time, or attending part-time and completing the program over a longer period. See a sample of how the Master of Arts in Individualized Studies works.
Tell us what you're interested in studying
We believe that you do your best learning when you are passionate, engaged and committed. That's why Burlington College has always enabled its students to create individualized majors unique to their own interests. Whether it is furthering your undergraduate studies in a particular discipline or expanding your educational horizons and job opportunities by going in a new direction, Burlington College can work with you to create an Individualized Masters Degree that draws on our faculty's areas of expertise in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.
Design your own degree plan
Our low-residency, distance learning masters program includes a three-day residency here in Burlington, Vermont, where you will work with an academic advisor in collaboration with faculty in your chosen field of study to craft a specialized degree plan designed to achieve your unique academic, professional and personal goals. Together, you will identify appropriate areas of inquiry, learning resources and research paths; discuss and plan internships and community resources to enrich your educational experiences. You will attend informative sessions to ensure that you have the necessary skills and resources to support your education. Work at the residency prepares you to embark upon your guided independent studies. Learn more about the Individualized Masters Degree Requirements.
Begin your distance learning degree program
The distance learning model allows for the maximum flexibility for you to move forward with your education. By studying independently, augmented by interaction with your faculty member(s), you can approach your education in a manner that suits your lifestyle. You communicate with your faculty via email, Skype or phone and establish mutually agreed-upon time lines for submission of papers, projects and research.
Complete your capstone project
The Individualized Master of Arts degree plan culminates in a nine-credit capstone project undertaken over two semesters that demonstrates your achievements in your field of study and fulfillment of the program's learning goals. You will present your capstone project at the end of your studies either on campus or via interactive technology. Learn more about the capstone project.
An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 2.5, or an 85% completion ratio using narrative evaluations, is required. You may transfer in 6 credits at the graduate level, provided those credits are relevant to your course of study.
Students must complete the application form, including the personal essay, plan of study, and a 2-3 page writing sample on a topic of your choice. Students must also submit 2 letters of recommendation, transcripts from your undergraduate institution, and a $50 application fee.
May 15 for Fall entrance
December 1 for Spring entrance
Individualized Masters Degree Application (PDF)
For more information about the Individualized Masters Degree Program at Burlington College, you may request more information online or contact us at:
Office of Graduate Admissions
351 North Avenue
Burlington, Vermont 05401
Toll Free: 800-862-9616