Earn Your Degree While Volunteering
Your commitment to AmeriCorps is already changing lives and strengthening communities. With a Master’s degree in Applied Community Development from Future Generations University, you can create even more positive impact. This unique opportunity enables you to get your Master’s degree while continuing to serve the community you care about and completing your AmeriCorps service.
Your AmeriCorps “host” organization will serve as your primary classroom where academic work is practiced through professional application and your service counts towards your credits. Future Generations will even apply a dollar-for-dollar match up to $10,000 when volunteers apply their Segal Education Awards to the cost of tuition, leaving your remaining costs very little.
This program may be the right one for you if you:
- Believe that AmeriCorps volunteers are uniquely positioned to build individual character and
- Are committed to working with the leaders of tomorrow while optimizing the impact of your
- Want to deepen your understanding of complex social problems and apply innovative solutions
Benefit from Future Generations University’s blended learning curriculum, which makes use of Online Learning, Face-to- Face, Learning, and Community Labs via our online learning platforms. The main place of learning, however, is your community. That is the structure around which your educational experience here will be built
Optional Residential experiences are also available, in which students travel to complete immersive, hands-on learning in the field in different locations around the world.
Requirements for admission include:
- Bachelor’s degree
- Written and oral English proficiency (to be assessed at time of application)
- Reliable Internet access
- Self-directed motivation as a learner
We do not require an application fee, GRE, or TOEFL/IELTS. The strength of your application is a vision for and commitment to sustain and grow your organization and community impact.
Admissions & Aid:
AmeriCorps volunteers are uniquely situated for significant savings by applying their Segal Education Awards to tuition. Future Generations will then match this contribution up to $10,000.
We strive to make the program available to qualified students regardless of financial circumstance.Scholarships are available, but you are encouraged to apply early if you seek financial aid. We do everything we can to ensure cost is not a barrier of entry. Therefore, we do provide needs-based scholarships as able. If you qualify for one of these limited scholarships, the cost of the degree may be reduced up to 85%. You are encouraged to apply early if you wish to apply for financial aid in the form of a scholarship. U.S. students may complete the FAFSA for Federal loans.
All students complete an institutional Financial Aid Form to determine need for financial aid. There are also scholarship opportunities for World Scouts, returned Peace Corps Volunteers, U.S. Veterans, and students of certain ethnic origins. If accepted following your application, Specialization Director, Luke Taylor-Ide, and other Future Generations staff will help to locate available scholarships or grants.
Typically, it takes 2 years to complete the degree program. However, in an effort to be as flexible as possible for the busy students we serve, you also have the option of enrolling in classes part-time and spacing your courses out over as much time as you need to achieve the right balance for your life.
You should be prepared to commit 10-15 hours per week to your coursework if enrolled full-time. This includes class (using our video-conferencing platform), online work, field research, and applied project-based assignments. If you choose to extend the program and enroll part-time, your weekly time commitment will be less.
You will receive a Master of Arts in Applied Community Change.
Yes, mainly, but this isn’t like other online learning opportunities. This blended learning model combines online content, face-to- face video conferencing, peer-to- peer collaboration, applied learning in community and places of work, field-based research, optional regional and global residential studies, and a lifelong network of development colleagues. The flexibility of this model allows you to remain in your community and maintain your life while gaining a formally recognized qualification. You need not relocate for this Master’s degree.
First and foremost, this degree will make you a more effective leader in your organization or community. The applied nature of the program will also enhance your career prospects. The issues and challenges you will learn to address throughout the course of your program are relevant to many organizations/businesses. Future Generations alumni have gone on to serve in business enterprises, government, community development, conservation planning, faith-based initiatives, health, peacebuilding, relief work, social work, and teaching and research.
Special financing options are available to students admitted to the AmeriCorps track of the Leadership & Development Specialization. Tuition is US$660 per credit, or $5,940 per 18-week semester. There are no hidden fees. The total tuition for four semesters is $23,760- a relative bargain for a Master’s Degree from an accredited North American higher education institution. Volunteers working in AmeriCorps, however, should contact Cohort Leader, Luke Taylor-Ide, to understand the special scholarship options available.
Ask Luke a Question
He will respond to your questions within 24 hours. Contact Luke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Class of 2020
|Fall||Aug 20 – Dec 21, 2018|
|Spring||Feb 4 – June 7, 2019|
|Fall||Aug 19 – Dec 20, 2019|
|Spring||Feb 3 – June 5, 2020|
|For the Class of 2020 program, the application deadline is July 15, 2018.|
Click here to start your learning experience with Future Generations University! You’ll be asked for transcripts from your Bachelor’s degree, a recommendation letter from a colleague or supervisor, and a Statement of Purpose (how you intend to use your degree for the betterment of your community and yourself).
About Future Generations University:
Future Generations is a not-for- profit, private university focused exclusively on preparing effective community leaders and change makers. The central headquarters is in West Virginia, USA, approximately three hours west of Washington, D.C. But the world is our campus and we have students from 45 countries. You supply the context and we will give you the methods, processes, and skills. Future Generations University is accredited by the USA’s Higher Learning Commission, located in Chicago, IL. The HLC is the largest and oldest accrediting agency in the U.S. Accreditation is a transparent means under regulations from the U.S. Department of Education of ensuring you are receiving a degree from a reputable institution that has met high national standards.