Goddard College

Goddard College

Individualized Master of Arts


123 Pitkin Road

Plainfield, VT 05667

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Individualized Master of Arts

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

Part of the Goddard Graduate Institute, the Individualized Master of Arts is a four-semester (48 credit) interdisciplinary liberal studies degree integrating personal vision and voice with radical thinking and engaged practice. Credit is granted upon fulfillment of the degree criteria, including successful completion of the final product. The Individualized Master of Arts is for students interested in pursuing a question, project, or career interest that is interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary, and personally compelling. The emphasis is on helping each student find and hone a focus of inquiry that brings together deep interests with relevant theory and actual practice. The holistic approach of the degree means that professional goals — whether for eventual doctoral study, a particular career path, a tangible product (like a publication or business plan), or particular skills (like workshop facilitation or land use planning) — can be fully integrated into the degree plan.


Students pursuing the Individualized Master of Arts may also choose the following concentrations:

The Consciousness Studies concentration focuses on understanding the origin, evolution, and expansion of human consciousness. This includes studying neurosciences, Jungian psychology, religious studies, philosophy of the mind, the arts, humanities, and much more.

The Embodiment Studies concentration places emphasis on human life as the life of the body. Students delve into somatic disciplines, health modalities, or the arts. They address the intersection of race, class, gender, sexuality, disability, and more, while exploring areas such as trauma healing, movement or bodywork, visual culture, or anti-oppression work.

The Transformative Language Arts concentration uses the written, spoken, or sung word as a tool for individual and community growth. Placing equal emphasis on individual wellness and community wellness, the Transformative Language Arts concentration draws upon storytelling, creative writing, songwriting, drama, and other forms of communication to contribute to honoring community experience.

Concentrations predefine inter- and trans-disciplinary areas of study through a core set of readings and resources, learning areas and key concepts, and specify the way in which students must complete an identity statement and engage with the community through practicum, internship, fieldwork, or engaged practice. Concentrations within the program are highly individualized, guided by a unique study plan, developed by each student, to address learning needs and professional goals.


The Individualized Master of Arts is offered in Goddard’s unique low-residency model, which removes the barriers between living your life and learning. In our low-residency model, each semester begins with an eight-day residency on our campus in Plainfield, Vermont.  Following the residency, there are 16 weeks of independent work and self-reflection in close collaboration with a faculty advisor and course mentors.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Distant Rural Area

Size & Settings: 0-999

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