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Program Overview: Masters Degree in Applied Community Change.


Appalachian Masters cohort in Applied Community Change brings together the proven academic program of Future Generations University with the expertise and support of the AmeriCorps national service-learning experience.


  • Complete 2 years of AmeriCorps service in West Virginia and earn your Masters Degree at the same time!

  • Program participants are both students and AmeriCorps notational service volunteers who are placed with a local “host” organization.

    • Host organization will serve as primary classroom where academic work is practiced though professional application.

    • Coursework augments AmeriCorps professional responsibilities to build capacity while serving host site.

    • Guided mentorship and reflective practice allows students to earn graduate credit for project-based work in community.

  • A Different Approach to Education:

    • Learn from Place—learn from professional experiences serving a host organization

    • Learn from Experts—receive one-on-one mentorship from faculty and local experts

    • Learn from Demonstrations—attend multi-day residential programs to visit demonstrations of best practice throughout Appalachia

    • Learn from Peers—collaborate on assignments and develop professional networks through learning exchanges with classmates

    • Distance Learning—augment your AmeriCorps service with 10-15 hours of online coursework per week


Class Size: 8—12 students


Admission Requirements:


  • Completed application to AmeriCorps program in West Virginia that is either under “process” or placement with a qualifying host site for the 2017/2018 Academic Year. (For more information on qualifying AmeriCorps programs in WV:

  • Bachelors Degree from an accredited college or university

  • Academic Transcripts

  • Statement of Purpose

  • Letter of Recommendation

  • Ownership of personal laptop computer
  • Go to: to begin your application!


Admissions Deadline: July 5th, 2017


Program Learning Outcomes—per accredited status by Higher Learning Commission:


  • Critical Thinking

  • Community Change Skills
  • Knowledge of Development Issues

  • Program Design & Management
  • Monitoring & Evaluation

  • Applied Skills of Scholarship

  • Research & Evidence of Decision-making

  • Science & Technology


Proposed Curriculum (24 graduate credits—selected from Academic Catalog):


  • Introduction to Social Change

  • Volunteer Management (new course)

  • Community Leadership

  • Communications for Community Change

  • Financial Administration & Non-Profit Management

  • Healthy People, Healthy Communities

  • Community-based Natural Resource Management

  • Social Research Methods

  • Advanced Seminar on Applied Community Change


Project-based Research in Community (12 credits):


  • Students complete continuous Project-based Research in their host communities with direct mentorship from faculty culminating in a capstone product that documents their individual learning in an Appalachian community.

    • Students complete independently designed projects and research in community with faculty mentorship

    • Each term’s Project-based Research is showcased in an online ePortfolio

    • Upon completion of the program, students have a comprehensive portfolio documenting their individual learning journey for their graduate studies


Academic Calendar:


  • Term 1. (August 21st 2017 to December 22nd 2017)
  • Term 2. (January 23rd 2018 to May 25th 2018)
  • Term 3. (August 20th 2018 to December 21st 2018)
  • Term 4. (January 22nd 2019 to May 24th 2019)
  • Commencement, May 25th 2019


Full Tuition: $25,000 (does not include travel or living expenses)*

Financial Aid:


Segal Award #1: $5,800 (educational stipend earned for successfully completing first year of AmeriCorps service)
Segal Award #2: $5,800 (educational stipend earned for completion of second year of AmeriCorps service).
Institutional Match 1: $5,800 Future Generations University provides a dollar for dollar match with the Segal award for year one.
Institutional Match 2: $5,800 Future Generations University provides a dollar for dollar match with the Segal award for year two.
Total Scholarship Possible: $23,200
Student Loans: Future Generations University participates in the Federal Student Aid program. Students interested in additional assistance financing their degree may elect to take additional federal loans to assist with:
  Tuition Costs
  Housing Assistance
  Academic Supplies
  Lap Top or Tablet
  Academic Related Travel

For more information, contact:


Luke Taylor-Ide (Regional Academic Director)


Future Generations University


*Participation in graduate program with Future Generations University does not in any way impact your member benefits through AmeriCorps such as living allowance or health coverage in any way.