Frequently Asked Questions

How is Future Generations University different from other universities?


  • Future Generations University is for professionals in community change. You can be an established professional or you can be newly entering; the program fits you. Your major platform for learning will be your work, and the best or world learning is brought to your work … to help your work improve. You never leave your work—you expand your work in connections throughout the world. At traditional universities, you go to school, then go to work after you get your degree.

  • Future Generations University connects you to the world. This process begins in the learning (either specific certificate classes or the two-year Master’s degree) but once having entered Future.Edu of world-engaged learning, through the parallel organization (Future.Org), you join a world-circling professional community of applied community change. You do not “graduate” from Future Generations University, but rather you have the opportunity to commence into world-stature, professional, practicing discourse of continuing learning.


Are you accredited?


Future Generations University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the largest and oldest accrediting body in the United States. Accreditation by a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education serves several purposes. Accreditation provides assurance to stakeholders (citizens, students, parents, legislators) that the institution meets clear quality standards for educational and financial performance, and that it is reasonable to assume the institution will continue to do so. This quality assurance by a federally-recognized body also meets requirements necessary for the institution to receive and manage federal financial aid funds. The accreditation process also provides a periodic opportunity and incentive for the institution to review, assess, and advance the quality of its educational and financial operations.


The Higher Learning Commission
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Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: 1-800-621-7440

What is the purpose of the Future Generations University?


For a decade, the University has pioneered a new model of applied higher education that focuses learning in the community and enables the world's most promising development practitioners to advance social change with new skills and strategies. The University offers a two-year Masters Degree in Applied Community Change with concentrations in Conservation and Peacebuilding. The Graduate School also conducts research on the effectiveness of community-based approaches for achieving impact in the areas of child health, nature conservation, and peacebuilding.


What is Class/Enrollment Size?


For the first fifteen years (Classes from 2003 through 2017), enrollment was exceedingly selective. Each class typically had 20+ students.


To date, the Masters Degree program has prepared students and alumni from 30 countries. Class sizes are kept small, and academic standards are kept high. Since 2003, seven classes (Class 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015) have graduated.


Can you tell me more about your alumni?


Our students are already development practitioners in their own countries and the model of our program allows them to stay in their jobs. The following statistics indicate the engagement of our alumni.

• Percentage of alumni Employed: 95%

• Engaged in similar community work as during Master's program: 83%

• Working for the same organization as during the Master's program: 58% (of these 40% have changed jobs within their organization, mostly promotions)

• Working for a different organization: 42% (of these 36% have started their own organization/consultancy).

• Working together on Future Generations Alumni Collaboration Grants: 37%

• Already obtained a PhD, are in, or applying for a doctoral/PhD program: 11%


Am I eligible for the Masters Degree Program?


Please check our eligibility criteria for full details. To summarize, all applicants are required to: 1) work with a community throughout the two-year program; 2) have a Bachelors Degree or equivalent; 3) be proficient in the English language; and 4) have reliable internet connectivity.


Do I have to quit my job to complete this Masters Degree Program?


No, as long as you have permission from your employer to participate in residentials each term, you will not need to quit your job. Besides these residentials, you will be based in your home community.


How do donations to the university support the work of students?


Students at Future Generations University have implemented incredible work making positive changes in their home communities and workplaces around the world (Read about some of their work).


Most of our students have chosen low-paying career paths in field like education, health services, rural development, and conservation because of their passion to help others and secure a better future for their fellow community members. This means they often have limited funds for continuing education and their community building projects, and rely on the support of generous donors like you. When you donate to our academic programs, you are not just funding a single development project, you are opening the door for a series of community-driven efforts led by our students and each additional community leader they train in empowerment methods.


I'd like to support your students, how can I help?


If you'd like to support the next generation of community leaders being trained by Future Generations, you can donate to a scholarship fund for current or future students (hyperlink to donate page). You could also work with our financial office to start a special fund for a program of your choice-- perhaps you'd like to support students working in a designated field, from a specific country, or you'd like to fund a class focused on a certain area of community change. Visit our donate page for options on ways to contribute or contact ( (?) for more information on how you can help.


Who is the best person to contact for more information about the university?


Our staff will be happy to supply you with additional information ​ if you are a member of the press or simply seek answers to some more questions not addressed on this page. Please email us at and we will do our best to give you the information you would like.