I am including information here and below on our MA in Sustainable Communities at Northern Arizona University. As you advise students on their future graduate studies, I invite you to take a closer look at NAU. Here are some reasons why our program in Sustainable Communities may appeal to students like yours:
- Our interdisciplinary program focuses on issues of sustainability that affect communities—such as environmental, political-economic, spiritual, and educational topics.
- Students take core courses from our interdisciplinary faculty, and electives of their own choosing as they design their own educational paths to fit their research needs.
- Students work in community based collaborative action research teams during their first year, learning the arts of community organizing.
- Students complete a thesis that has both theoretical and applied components.
- We offer graduate assistantships, scholarships and tuition waivers (both in-state and out-of-state) on a competitive basis to graduate students who are accepted to the program. Students are also eligible for travel-grants to attend conferences or for fieldwork.
- This program is part of the Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP), which provides in-state tuition rates to residents of 14 western states.
We are now accepting applications from qualified applicants who have or will have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, seek both the tools and the knowledge necessary to work toward good and sustainable communities and are motivated and inspired by the connection between education and activism.
I hope your students find our program in Sustainable Communities to be a natural fit with their passion for social and environmental issues. Please let us know if you have any questions or would like more information on graduate education at NAU!