Are you an engineer? Do you want to learn how to combine business sensibility, community engagement, and human needs? Then this is the specialization for you! Students in this specialization of the Master’s program acquire skills to lead community enterprise and holistic development. And entrepreneurs can learn to deploy the goods that engineers design in affordable service to communities.
This specialization may be the right one for you if you:
- Have a desire to equip yourself as an engineer to become an essential entrepreneur
- Want to become a professional educator in your field
- Are interested in learning how IEEE Smart Village specifically can extend your role as an engineer to become a leader of human-centered design, sustainable business, and proactive learning
A design revolution is underway globally, opening more opportunities than ever before for engineers. Learn how to direct your technical skills toward knowing and engaging basic human needs using social forces and business principles to achieve humanitarian goals.
- Use of holistic metrics and mapping software to identify technical needs and effective intervention
- Ability to draw upon and connect key development data sources
- Use of case studies in sustainable and scalable development
- The ability to identify key questions and indicators of change
- Understanding resilience and accommodation of change, especially in developing countries
- Ability to bridge the gap of rural-urban, rich-poor, and local-global interests amidst globalization
- Use of SWOT (strengths-weaknesses-opportunities-threats) analysis
- This specialization primes engineers to expand their capabilities and either advance in their current field or to expand and holistically span multiple fields.
- PSK 602 – Strategic Resource Mapping
Examine longitudinal societal, economic, geographic, natural resource, environmental, and political metrics and mapping for technical needs, natural resources, and effective intervention in communities and countries. Students learn mapping as a tool for narrating the change of communities – their assets, needs, boundaries, and trajectory.
- PSK 609 – Comprehensive & Resilient Engineering
Delve into the meaning and context of pursuing Comprehensive, Resilient, Infrastructural, and Systemic Planning (CRISP) solutions. As a student in the course, you’ll learn to respond not only to technological and business challenges, but also cultural, geographic, economic, gendered, and political contexts.
- PSK 610 – Bridging & Negotiating Differences
This course situates engineering and social enterprise in broader development literature, diverse theories of change, cross-cultural wonder, power differentials, and inter-disciplinary work. Students move back-and-forth between very different realities, beginning with rural and urban, and then rich and poor, so as to ask of their own context and work, “Whose reality counts?”
- PSK 617 – Leading Enterprise, Education & Movements
Gain an introduction to SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis of the changes communities face in an age of globalization and climatic swings. How may engineers and entrepreneurs deploy ICT, water and sanitation, power and energy, health and nutrition, and transportation for the profit and learning of all? This course helps you to become one of them.
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.
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|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|
|Class of 2021 Academic Calendar|
|Spring Semester||Aug 19 – Dec 20, 2019|
|Winter Semester||Feb 3 – June 5, 2020|
|Spring Semester||Aug 17 – Dec 18, 2020|
|Winter Semester||Feb 1 – June 4, 2021|
|Completed Applications Due July 1, 2019|
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).
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. Please note that this does not include the cost of optional residential field learning experiences.