This blended program incorporates online learning with on-campus residencies. It enables you to obtain your degree in conjunction with full-time employment while allowing time for intensive and deep explorations into the theory and practice of environment and management.
The three 3-week on-campus residencies are strategically placed at the beginning, middle and end of the program to allow you a short but intensive immersion into a community of learning situated on one of the most naturally beautiful campuses in all of the country. Many students say this time together on the land is the highlight of their program and allows them to build lasting and supportive relationships with their cohort.
You can expect to:
- Be in the classroom Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. either engaged in formal instruction or teamwork;
- Engage in project and field work;
- Attend planned recreational and evening events;
- Take part in team meetings, assignment preparation, and readings outside of these hours.
Distance courses introduce and expand upon the important learning that accrues during the residency, allowing you to practice skills and expand your knowledge base as you connect with your cohort and instructors online. Residency courses have online components before and after residency, and there are stand-alone online courses during the program.
During these courses you can expect to:
- Typically take one distance course at a time, for a period of approximately 10 weeks each.
- Have an intensity level of effort of approximately 10 hours per week.
- Work through the requirements of the course (there will be ‘real-time’ deadlines for assignments and sometimes synchronous class meetings and lectures scheduled in advance, etc. although these are usually also recorded if you can’t make it at the time).
- Use a variety of different delivery methods including textbooks, articles, podcasts, digital videos, case studies, and interactive learning using discussion threads (bulletin boards, etc.) for correspondence with classmates in the instructors.
Online courses, combined with residencies, allow you to progress your learning without having to give up your current employment.
In general, students will have secured the necessary approvals to enter the program from their employer. In many cases, employers provide the support and mentorship necessary to support you in your studies. In some cases, your employer may help frame your thesis research question.