The MASC combines the flexibility of engaging online coursework with a small amount of required attendance on campus (approximately six weekends total). This approach allows working professionals the flexibility needed to accommodate busy work schedules and provides an opportunity to develop relationships with faculty mentors and peers through on-campus weekends.
All MASC students complete three Professional Seminar courses (one credit hour each). The Professional Seminars provide a time for student advising, faculty mentoring, peer networking, learning assessment, and presentation of research. Students attend on-campus seminars during one weekend at the beginning of the semester and one weekend at the end of the semester.
- Professional Seminar I— Pro-Seminar I provides an orientation to the program, introduces students to available campus resources, provides instruction in academic research and writing skills, and provides a time for academic advising. Students take this course during the first semester. It requires one “super weekend” (Thursday–Sunday) on campus at the beginning of the semester and one weekend on campus at the end of the semester. In addition to the campus weekends, students complete online assignments.
- Professional Seminar II— Professional Seminar II focuses on developing a capstone project proposal and defense of the proposal. Students also present projects and papers from prior MASC courses and meet with a faculty adviser to discuss their program of study for the remaining coursework. Students take this course at the midpoint of their program (around the 15 credit-hour mark). It requires one weekend (Friday evening–Sunday afternoon) at the beginning of the semester and one weekend at the end of the semester. In addition to the campus weekends, students have online assignments focused on the capstone project proposal.
- Professional Seminar III—Professional Seminar III focuses on completing the written comprehensive exam and completion of the capstone project. Students will take this course during the last semester. It requires one weekend at the beginning of the semester and one additional weekend. In addition to the campus weekends, students have online assignments.
All other required core courses will be offered either completely online or online with a required short, on-campus weekend. Elective courses will be delivered through online, face-to-face, and hybrid (combination of on-campus and online) delivery as appropriate for the course material. On-campus attendance requirements are clearly stated up front so students can plan accordingly.
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