Goddard College

Goddard College

Master of Arts in Social Innovation and Sustainability


123 Pitkin Road

Plainfield, VT 05667

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Artsin Social Innovation and Sustainability

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

Part of the Goddard Graduate Institute, the Master of Arts in Social Innovation and Sustainability is a 48-credit degree intended for students who seek low-residency, interdisciplinary and self-designed graduate studies, focusing on social innovation and sustainability at the community level, as well as those looking to transform non-profit, for-profit and public sector organizations, enterprises, and processes.

Students pursuing the Master of Arts in Social Innovation and Sustainability will acquire the practical knowledge needed to advance in their current careers or to start a new vocational path, and will gain the theoretical foundation and skills to generate innovative and sustainable methods of solving vexing social, environmental and economic challenges.


Students pursuing the Master of Arts in Social Innovation and Sustainability 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 Master of Arts in Social Innovation and Sustainability 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

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