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Antioch University Midwest’s Individualized Master of Arts (IMA) program current mission is to guide students in the development and completion of individualized degree programs. We encourage ongoing personal, professional and cultural learning, and creative, artistic and analytic expression.
Students may design degrees in the following areas:
Social Sciences Health & Human Development * Adult Education, Training and Development * Applied Psychology (Examples below) o Eco-Psychology o Psychology and Spirituality o Integrative Studies in Psychology * Health Care Consumer Advocacy * Education Management of Systems & Organizations * Organizational Leadership * Management * Conflict Studies
Humanities * American Literature * Philosophy
Creative Writing * Fiction * Non-Fiction
The IMA program is divided into three phases: Foundational, Individualized and Capstone. Students will complete eleven 4.5 quarter credit courses during their program of study. Prior to entry into each phase students will return to campus for a short residency (3-4 days in length).
Phase I: Foundational Course Work & Residency I
All students complete six required courses forming the core of their curriculum. With the exception of Creative Writing, the six courses will be taken during the first year of study. (In Creative Writing, one of the required courses, The Professional Writer II, is taken during the second year of the program).
The first residency takes place at the very beginning of your program and is a mix of logistics and academic instruction. Each residency will be between 3-5 days long.
Phase II: Individualized Curriculum Design & Residency II
As a student gets closer to pursuing the individualized phase of their program they will return for a second residency. During this phase students have the opportunity to design 4-5 individualized courses that will form the core of their concentration in a discipline. All of the programs provide the faculty who teach the individualized courses or students have the option to learn with qualified external instructors of their own choosing.
Phase III: Capstone Learning & Residency III
The final capstone or thesis is the culminating work that defines each student’s journey through the IMA program. Completion of the capstone or thesis is meant to demonstrate the following program outcomes. * 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 transdisciplinary understanding of one’s discipline or field * Proficiency in collaborative practice one’s discipline or field * Content area proficiency (first year) and mastery (complete degree) within one’s discipline or field
Students attend a third residency as they approach this phase. At residency students will begin to identify the project or question they will address. * All students in the social sciences will complete a research course (Ways of Knowing: Systematic Inquiry) during their first year. The capstone learning is the Professional Seminar (4.5 credits); students may petition approval to pursue a thesis (9 credits) instead. * All humanities and creative writing students complete a thesis (9 credits)
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International Student Requirements:
The IMA degree is a limited-residency program and welcomes those international students who wish to pursue their studies with Antioch University Midwest but do not have residential requirements or aspirations. We do not offer student visa's, housing or international student scholarships. Individuals from Canada, Europe and Asia have completed this degree in the past.
Facts & Figures
# of Credits Required: 54
Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $480 USD
In State Tuition (per year): 13310 USD
Out State Tuition (per year): 13310 USD
Classification: Master's College or University I
Locale: Large Suburb