AmeriCorps, Vista Members: Earn Your Degree While Serving

Your commitment to AmeriCorps is already changing lives and strengthening communities. With the Master of Arts in Applied Community Development you will make a measurable positive impact. This unique opportunity enables you to earn your graduate degree while continuing to serve the community you care about.

Your AmeriCorps “host” organization serves as your primary classroom where academic work is practiced through professional application. Your service counts towards the 32-credit completion requirement. As a participant in the Schools of National Service program, Future Generations University offers a 25% scholarship to all AmeriCorps volunteers.

This program may be a fit if you:

  • Believe that AmeriCorps members are uniquely positioned to build individual character and strengthen communities
  • Are committed to working with the leaders of tomorrow while optimizing the impact of your work
  • Want to deepen your understanding of complex social problems and apply innovative solutions

Requirements for admission include:

  • A Desire to Make a Difference
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Official Transcripts
  • Personal Statement of Commitment to Your Community
  • Reference Letter
  • Reliable Internet Connection

We do not require an application fee, GRE, or TOEFL/IELTS. The strength of your application is a vision for and commitment to sustain and grow your organization and community impact.

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Admissions & Aid:

AmeriCorps members are uniquely situated for significant savings by applying their Segal Education Awards to tuition. Future Generations University will award all AmeriCorps volunteers, past and present, a 25% scholarship, worth up to $4,000. This scholarship and two years’ worth of the Segal Education Award completely covers the cost of the Master of Applied Community Development degree.

We strive to make the program available to qualified students regardless of financial circumstance.Scholarships are available, but you are encouraged to apply early if you seek financial aid. We do everything we can to ensure cost is not a barrier of entry. Therefore, we do provide needs-based scholarships as able. If you qualify for one of these limited scholarships, the cost of the degree may be reduced up to 85%. You are encouraged to apply early if you wish to apply for financial aid in the form of a scholarship. U.S. students may complete the FAFSA for Federal loans.


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 Development.

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.

Regular tuition is US$500 per credit hour; total tuition is $16,000. Students may lower that cost by transferring in credits earned elsewhere, applying for credit for prior professional experience, or doing an independent project. In addition, Future Generations University provides a 25% scholarship for all AmeriCorps volunteer. This scholarship and 2 years’ worth of the Segal Education Award completely cover the cost of the Master of Arts in Applied Community Development degree.

No, we are completely transparent. We do not charge fees for the application, tech fees or even textbook fees.

We accept applications on a rolling basis.

This program is online/hybrid. You do not have to come to campus; classes are online. You will participate in recorded Zoom sessions with your fellow classmates. The applied component takes place in your community. For Americorps, this is typically the service learning site.

You can complete your degree and serve simultaneously OR you can wait until you are finished your service year.

We will work with you and have an agreement in place that the Ed Award will be applied to the program and/or student aid. We will still match dollar-for-dollar.

Yes, we evaluate on a case by case basis and you will also be given the opportunity to test out.

Who We Are

Future Generations is global family of community change and development practitioners with a presence in more than 30 countries around the world. Use the interactive map below to read about our amazing alumni and the practicum work they completed in their time with us.

About Future Generations University:

Future Generations is a not-for- profit, private university focused exclusively on preparing effective community leaders and change makers. The central headquarters is in West Virginia, USA, approximately three hours west of Washington, D.C. But the world is our campus and we have students from 45 countries. You supply the context and we will give you the methods, processes, and skills. Future Generations University is accredited by the USA’s Higher Learning Commission, located in Chicago, IL. The HLC is the largest and oldest accrediting agency in the U.S. Accreditation is a transparent means under regulations from the U.S. Department of Education of ensuring you are receiving a degree from a reputable institution that has met high national standards.