Student Right to Know


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Enrollment, Retention, and Graduation Rates

Future Generations University has graduated seven cohorts since its inception in 2003. The students of Class 2017, the current cohort, are nearing the completion of their final field work and applied research.


  1. 1. Total enrollment across these eight cohorts has been 152 students from 37 countries. The size of matriculating classes has ranged from 16 to 25 students.
  2. While the selectivity rate for these initial cohorts has ranged from 56 to 87 per cent, it is anticipated that the admission process will become increasingly selective.
  3. The university does not admit transfer students, but it will examine transfer credits on a case-by-case basis. These may account for up to 25% of the required 36 credits for Master’s degree completion. This policy maintains the integrity of the cohort model.
  4. Over the first eight cohorts, the retention rates are:
    • 1st to 2nd semester retention rate is 87%
    • 2nd to 3rd semester retention rate is 92%
    • 3rd to 4th semester retention rate is 95%
    • Post-4th semester continuation rate on Practicum work is 7%
  5. Across the first seven cohorts, the graduation rate is 69%. This graduation rate is, however, improving. The last three cohorts have averaged a graduation rate of 78%. The anticipated graduation rate for the current cohort is expected to meet or exceed that of the last three.



  1. Gender:

    The female-to-male ratio of matriculating students is 39 to 61 per cent.

    The female-to-male ratio of graduating students is 48 to 52 per cent.

    84% of all women candidates graduate, whereas 59% of all male candidates graduate.

  2. Ethnicity, Nation, and Country of Origin:

    Future Generations University has an incredibly diverse student body in terms of region, nation, and country of origin. Since the nature of this Master of Arts is applied study and research in the context of our students, they conduct their graduate work in their home communities and countries.

    Students from these countries have the largest representation in the first eight cohorts: Afghanistan, Bhutan, Canada, China, Ethiopia, Guyana, Haiti, India, Nepal, Uganda, and the United States.

    The ratio of North Americans to students of other countries is 1 to 7.

    This is the global reach of our student body: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bolivia, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guyana, Haiti, India, Iran, Kenya, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, The Philippines, Uganda, United States, Vietnam, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

  3. Staff, Regional Academic Directors, Faculty, Advisory Council, and Board:
    The university is served by a talented and diverse body of professionals, including:
    • Staff of five women and two men, all U.S. citizens.
    • Regional Academic Directors in Nepal, Ethiopia, and Appalachia, all men.
    • Faculty of five women and twelve men, domiciled in Bolivia (1), Ethiopia (1), Nepal (2), Peru (1), the United States (11), and Uruguay (1).
    • Advisory Council of three women and three men, residing in Nepal (1), the United States (4), and the United Kingdom (1).
    • Board of Directors of one woman and seven men, citizens of Ethiopia (1), the United States (6), and Uruguay (1).


Occupations and employment

Most Future Generations University students enter and graduate from this program in the same or a related field of community change and development practice. The difference is that their graduate studies enable their advancement in both profession and vocation.

  • 95% of graduates are employed
  • 93% have expanded their community work to include a greater geographic area or larger demographic of people
  • 83% are engaged in similar community work as when they entered the Master’s degree
    • 58% work for the same organization, and upwards of 40% have been promoted
    • 42% work for a new organization and in one-third of these cases, the graduate has created his/her own development organization
    • 79% have earned a salary increase
    • 88% who have received a promotion attribute it to their Master’s degree education
  • 11% have pursued or completed a doctoral program

Students typically come from fields of communications, community development, conservation, ecosystem resilience, education, engineering, enterprise, food and water security, linguistics, natural resource management, nonprofit management, peacebuilding, and primary and local health care, research, and sociology.


Net Price Calculator

While most universities continue to raise tuition and fees, Future Generations University has reduced its cost dramatically over its first eight cohorts. As program enrollment grows, the goal of this university is to reduce even further the cost of tuition. As evidence of this trend, the cost per semester was $9,375 in 2003, and is now lowered to $5,940.

The current tuition cost per credit $660. Students typically enroll in 9 credits per semester. There are no additional fees. At $5,940 per semester, the total cost for completing this degree over four semesters, lasting 22 months, is $23,760.

Since students engage this Master’s degree from their home community and country, they incur no additional room, board, or transportation fees. Books and materials are generally available free of charge on the university’s learning management system (Moodle).

There are optional residentials between semesters. These residential studies are regional and global. Completion of the Master’s degree is not dependent on student participation in these residentials. If students opt to join a regional or global residential to examine “best practices” of community change and development practice in the field, they pay their own round-trip travel (bus, train, or air) and a modest program fee. For example, if a Vietnamese student were to participate in the upcoming two-week residential at Gandhi’s Ashram in Sevagram, India, she would pay approximately $300 round-trip airfare and an all-inclusive program fee of $850.


Financial Aid

Students may apply for a limited amount of needs-based financial aid. The procedure and forms for financial aid applications are available here. The two most recent cohorts have received a total of $530,000 and $738,750 in scholarship assistance, respectively.


Disability Services and Resources

The university disability services policy is at consumer information.
In practice, the university’s attention to student disability services and resources is handled on a case-by-case basis. Personal interviews are conducted. The university is ever attentive to ADA laws and regulations.

As an example of the university’s personal attention to student requirements, it should first be noted that our students engage most of their graduate work online and in their community of work and service. They may, however, also join optional regional and global residentials. The purpose of these residentials is for students to examine “best practices” of community change and development practice in the field. Sometimes the physical surroundings of residentials are challenging. In a recent cohort, a student who used a wheelchair was provided with a RoughRider wheelchair so that he could fully participate in this field immersion.



Students engage their graduate work online and in their community of work and service. They are best equipped to identify and deal with local security concerns. During optional regional and global residentials, the university exercises due diligence in providing safe and adequate living accommodations, venues for field studies, and means of in-country transportation.


Comprehensive Policies

The Student Handbook provides a Grievance Procedure for student concerns about grading and supervision. In the first eight cohorts, there has been one student grievance, which was satisfactorily handled according to procedure, leading to the student’s successful completion of her Master’s degree.

Moreover, the university complies with all Title IX regulations. There have been no student, staff, or faculty complaints under Title IX.