Tuition goes up year after year, but several jobs still require graduate level education. The history department has a solution that will save students time and money -- the Summer Intensive MA. The Summer Intensive is just what it sounds like (truth in advertising!); it offers a way for students to complete the requirements for a Master of Arts degree by taking courses in the summer. If you have not taken any classes at the Masters level, you can complete the thirty-hour degree in three summers, two if you are willing do some additional coursework during the academic year.
For undergraduates who are planning ahead, the news gets even better. If you know you want to earn a Master’s degree, you can enroll in the Accelerated Master’s Degree program and earn up to twelve hours of graduate credit while still an undergraduate. You pay for the credits once but you count them twice, once for your Bachelor’s and then again for your Master’s. If you combine the Accelerated MA with the Summer Intensive, you can finish your degree in two summers.
What does this look like? Well, say you are an education major. Once you have finished your BA and lined up a job, you stay in Mt. Pleasant for six weeks in the summer to begin your masters. Then it is off to your first year on the job. The following summer you return for another six weeks of coursework and you are done! The Accelerated MA/Summer Intensive combination gives you the best of both worlds. You go on the job market without a grad degree but then have an MA in hand in as little as one year after graduation!
Summers are intense but they are fun, too. Dive into cutting-edge scholarship one day and head to to the Lakeshore or a national park to do field work in public history the next. Analyze primary source material or debate a history classic in the morning and then hone your teaching skills with a course on game-based learning pedagogy in the afternoon.
The Summer Intensive plan allows you to save time -- you would either avoid taking two full years away from a job to be in school or be able to progress faster than slowly taking a course here or there as your job allows -- and it saves you about $7000 overall. If you have questions about the program, direct them to Dr. Kathleen Donohue, Director of Graduate Studies.