What are the benefits of enrolling in the Executive Master’s Program?
The Executive Master’s Program offers a unique opportunity to transform your leadership and management skills while earning your master’s degrees. During the program students participate in an action research project of importance to the YMCA. Students identify a need, conduct research, and develop an intervention or program. Students become part of a network of scholars and practitioners, and leading executives within the YMCA movement. Graduates of the program earn the 20 hours of continuing education credits required to maintain certification at the Multi-Team or Organizational Leader level.
What degree will I earn upon completion of this program?
You will earn a Master of Science degree (M.S.) in Human Services with a concentration in Organizational Management and Leadership.
How does the Executive Master’s Program work?
A cohort of 15 to 20 YMCA executive students come together for four, two-week residencies, completing the program in 18 months. During the four residencies, the cohort is immersed in classes, discussions, and project planning, and the cohort becomes a powerful learning community.
Learning continues between residencies through the use of Moodle, a learning management platform that allows ongoing student, cohort, and instructor interaction.
What is the Graduate Research Project about?
The Graduate Research Project is the cornerstone of the Executive Master’s Program. For the project, each student focuses on a topic of interest, identifies a need, conducts research, and develops an intervention or program to address the need.
It is an opportunity to link your academic work with practical applications for your YMCA. The action research project continues throughout your 18-month master’s program and will benefit an identified community or a YMCA association and your career.
When and where is the next program and residency?
Cohort IX begins March 10-21, 2014, at Springfield College School of Human Services campus in Tampa, Florida. The second residency will be September 8-19, 2014, at the College’s main campus in Springfield, Massachusetts.
The locations of the third and fourth residencies are cohort-selected from any of the School of Human Services’ 10 campuses across the United States.
What are the admissions criteria for this program?
In addition to a signed, completed application form, candidates must have their Multi-Team/Branch Leader or Organizational Leader certification. Candidates must also have at least 8 years of management-level experience along with a bachelor’s degree reflecting a 2.5 GPA or better.
All college transcripts, a written personal statement, a current job description, a letter of reference, résumé, and letter of sponsorship from the CEO or board chair are also reviewed as a part of the admissions process.
What is the deadline for admissions into Cohort IX?
All required information must be received by Springfield College by October 31, 2013. Please note that incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
How will participants be selected from the pool of applicants?
Applications are reviewed by an Admissions Committee made up of both Springfield College admissions staff and YMCA of the USA’s Training and Leadership Development team members. Applicants will be notified of the decision of the Admissions Committee by November 30, 2013, by an official letter from Springfield College.
What is the cost of this program?
The cost of the program is $21,000. This covers tuition, textbooks, materials, and breakfasts and lunches on the day of each class. Transportation, lodging, and evening meals are paid for by the participant. You will be eligible for up to $8,000 through the YMCA of the USA John R. Mott Scholarship Foundation. participants also received support from their local YMCA associations.
If I receive Mott scholarship money, when will I receive it?
The John R. Mott Scholarship monies will be paid directly to Springfield College. The College applies one-quarter of the monies per residency after attendance has been verified.
Is there additional scholarship assistance available through Springfield College?
Springfield College offers the YMCA Matching Scholarship, in which the College will match tuition assistance from a local YMCA up to $5,000 per academic year, per branch of an association. You may also apply for federal student loans through Springfield College.
How is room and board handled with this program?
During each of the two-week sessions, you will be responsible for hotel and lodging expenses as well as your evening meals. Breakfasts and lunches on class days are included in the cost for the program. Springfield College will make recommendations for hotels that are convenient and affordable.
What kind of reading and writing assignments will be included in the coursework for this program?
Since the residency sessions are relatively short, you will be responsible for completing pre-assignments before each residency begins. In this way, you are prepared to contribute fully to the class discussions. Between residencies, you will also be expected to complete reading, research, and written assignments, some of which will involve Moodle, the College’s learning management system.
What kind of support will I receive during this program?
Springfield College provides the cohort with a resource specialist who is available throughout the program to support the academic needs of the students.
This assistance includes writing and research support. Students are encouraged to select a YMCA mentor to work with during the program. If students need help identifying a mentor, alumni of the Executive Master’s Program are available. Your cohort will be an additional source of support.
How can I find out more about the Executive Master’s Program and have my questions answered?
Check out the School of Human Services’ website at www.springfieldcollege.edu/shsexecutive. Or contact:
Angelina Garcia, Coordinator of the Executive Master’s Program
School of Human Services
263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109
Kristin Bretzer, Training and Leadership Development
YMCA of the USA
101 N. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606
(800) 872-9622 ext. 8664
David Rudder, Associate Dean
School of Human Services
263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109