Frequently Asked Questions

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MAIAI students with their culminating exhibit for the Youth Artists and Allies taking Action in Society project that partners educators with refugee youth.

 What should be included in my statement of intent?

Students should use the essay as an opportunity to clearly articulate their understanding of the MAIAI program, their career goals, and how they see the program supporting the achievement of those goals. Try to be specific and wherever possible avoid overly general statements, clichés, and colloquialisms. We encourage applicants to take time to carefully craft this statement and demonstrate to the admissions committee that you are ready for graduate level work. Be sure to observe the length requirements and edit carefully.

How long will it take to complete this degree?

The answer to this varies depending on how many courses students choose to take each semester. Since the program is designed for working professionals, the options are to take either one or two courses at a time for Fall and Spring. Summer offerings vary. How many courses a student takes is often dictated by funding, workload, commute, and family commitments, so we are designed to accommodate as much variation as possible. There is no required sequence for the courses except that the Capstone courses must come last and they are only offered Fall and Spring. Also, keep in mind that a master’s must be completed in seven years and the clock starts with the first credits applied toward the degree.

Students intending to utilize Federal Financial Aid should keep in mind that accepting loans requires students to enroll in a minimum of six credits (two classes) for Fall and Spring.

When and how often are courses offered?

Required courses are offered once every other year. Electives are offered every semester on a rotating basis and for summer we typically offer at least one course. To accommodate the schedules of working professionals, our courses meet once a week and are generally offered on Tuesday or Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 8:40pm, but sometimes there are exceptions. Increasingly, MAIAI required courses and electives are offered as hybrid online courses with a mix of in-person, synchronous, and asynchronous learning. That said, in order to not compromise learning for what are often very hands-on practices, some courses remain fully in-person.

What is an independent study and how does that work?

Students in the MAIAI program are able to take up to six credits of independent study (IDFA 690) as a way to create opportunities to study something specific that is relevant to the degree program, but not necessarily offered as a course. There is a lot of flexibility and opportunity with these for students to study with the various faculty members in COFAC. Generally, the syllabus is designed in collaboration with the faculty member. Enrolling in an independent study will depend on availability of the appropriate faculty member.

Where might this program lead me professionally?

All kinds of possibilities exist for entrepreneurial students passionate about arts education, but here are the trends we are seeing: Many teachers and artists enroll in the MAIAI program because they see the value of arts integration and they want an intensive opportunity to deepen their practice, as well as earn the credentials of a Master’s degree. For some, it allows them to feel more indispensible in their schools, makes teaching more meaningful and enjoyable when they see their students thrive in response to arts integration, and gives them the tools to connect with and support their fellow teachers.

Other teachers and artists, who see the potential for arts infusion beyond PK-12 schooling, enroll with an eye towards expanding their understanding for and exposure to arts infused practices and broadening their career options. MAIAI students could easily go on to become arts integration specialists or resource teachers, run or direct after-school or community-arts programs, or create arts education experiences for any number of populations beyond the K-12 school. This list includes but is not limited to arts infusion programming in the civic realm, with hospital patients, people with disabilities, senior citizens, and incarcerated juveniles or adults.

Are there opportunities to work directly with young people through MAIAI courses?

Yes! It varies by the year and in accordance with community partners, but MAIAI students frequently have hands-on opportunities to work with young people through our community engagement courses with refugee and immigrant youth as well as through courses with the Community Arts program offered through our college.

How does the comprehensive exam work?

The comp exam is our milestone for graduation taken after completing a minimum of 30 credits in the MAIAI program. Students have approximately one week to respond to two take-home essay questions, where each calls for a minimum of 8 written pages. These questions invite the students to demonstrate their ability to extend and translate their learning from the program.