Frequently asked questions
What are emerging and contemporary fields of inquiry?
I am researching various possibilities for graduate study. Why choose The Graduate Institute?
Can I arrange a campus visit?
Of course! The Graduate Institute’s Admissions Department is happy to set up campus visits with prospective students, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please contact an Admissions Representative at (203) 874-4252 or email@example.com to arrange your visit. Candidates are strongly encouraged to attend an Information Session, which will provide a full overview of the Institute’s programs and admissions requirements.
Is The Graduate Institute accredited?
Yes, The Graduate Institute is fully licensed, chartered, and accredited by the State of Connecticut, Department of Higher Education, Board of Governors. It also meets the Connecticut Department of Education’s requirements for maintaining teaching certification in the state, and is an approved institution for military veterans who are eligible to receive educational funds under the GI bill.
Does The Graduate Institute offer financial aid?
Can I enroll in individual classes at The Graduate Institute, or must I commit to an entire degree or certificate program?
Due to the nature of our cohort model, in which learning is a function of community, participants are not able to register for single classes. Instead, students enroll in a full degree or certificate program, in which course content is presented throughout an established number of live class meetings. Specific course requirements vary by program. Our certificate programs also allow students to participate in weekend seminars and earn 6-12 graduate credits, depending on the program, that may be applied toward a master’s degree. For more information, please contact Admissions.
When do classes meet?
Integrative Health and Healing, Writing and Oral Traditions, and Learning and Thinking classes meet once a month on the weekend, with additional sessions as required by each program. Weekend sessions typically comprise a Friday evening, from 5 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Do I need to register for classes?
Because of the holistic nature of our programs, students need not register for individual classes. Our integrated curriculum model presents content in the context of multiple learning events, and during each monthly class session, a variety of topics are covered that speak to concepts from multiple courses. Credits are earned on a trimester basis.
Does your integrated curriculum model qualify for tuition-reimbursement programs?
Yes. We work with HR departments, supervisors, and other company personnel to provide all of the grades, transcripts, and other periodic documentation required by reimbursement programs. If you have any specific questions, please feel free to contact us.
What kind of assessment method does The Graduate Institute utilize?
What kind of coursework will I need to complete in between classes?
Students maintain electronic portfolios, archives of their academic work. Portfolios include writing responses to monthly class sessions, book and chapter responses, assigned papers, and mentorship and internship reports. Students also design and execute Culminating Projects, which are the equivalent of a master’s thesis. The Culminating Project is a significant initiative, based in research, and designed and executed by the student. It provides the opportunity for students to refine and demonstrate their knowledge in their particular subject areas – and to exemplify their knowledge and skills as independent thinkers.
Can I audit a program if I do not have a bachelor’s degree?
Candidates without bachelor’s degrees may audit programs with special approval. Auditing candidates participate in all class sessions and are encouraged to complete all coursework, gaining the same experience as those who are enrolled in a degree program. For more information about auditing, please contact Admissions.
Are there any pre-requisites to enrolling one of The Graduate Institute's Master of Arts degrees?
The Graduate Institute strives to engage students of diverse academic backgrounds. While eligible applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree, there is no subject-area prerequisite. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of our curricula, undergraduate study in the arts, sciences, and/or or humanities will serve as valuable assets to embarking upon a Master of Arts degree in an emerging or contemporary field of inquiry.
What kinds of career opportunities exist for The Graduate Institute alumni?
Teachers, librarians, and administrators
Coaches, counselors, and consultants in health, wellness, personal development, stress management, organizational behavior, and corporate leadership
Community health educators
Writers and researchers
Community organizers and activists
Holistic practitioners and guides
Patient navigators and care coordinators
Movement and expressive arts facilitators
Integrative nurses, physicians, and other practitioners
Entrepreneurs in business, community, the arts, and not-for-profit enterprises
Informal educators and youth workers
Storytellers, artists, musicians, and other performers
Living historians and curators
Social workers and psychotherapists.