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MASTER OF ARTS IN WISDOM STUDIES

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Admissions Requirements

  1. Students must have a Bachelors degree or its equivalency. An equivalency consists of documented training beyond a high school degree that is equivalent in hours and requirements to a Bachelors Degree.
  2. A completed Ubiquity University Admissions Application must be filed with the Office of Admissions.
  3. Students are encouraged to belong to an academic research library in the area in which they live.

Degree Requirements

Wisdom School of Graduate Studies allows students to choose either a Thesis Masters or a Non Thesis Masters.

A Thesis Masters in Wisdom Studies includes 28 credits and a Thesis providing 4 credits for a total of the 32 credits required for the Masters degree.

Half of the course credits must be in-person learning experiences (Intensives or Pilgrimages) and the other 50% may be taken as Virtual Retreats. Exceptions may be made for certain international students.

The Thesis Masters must be completed within a period of three years. Continuations for study beyond three years are possible in certain circumstances. Applications for Continuation must be submitted to the Registrar.

Required Intensives

  1. Wisdom and Civilization
  2. Any course offered in Earth Wisdom and the Primordial Mind.
  3. Any course offered in the mystics or specific wisdom traditions.

The remaining elective seminars may be selected from the Schedule of Classes and may include any courses listed that may be of interest or consistent with the student‘s particular concentration. Upon completion of the enrollment process, all Thesis Masters students are directed to work with the Dean of Students for general academic advice, advice concerning the selection of a thesis topic, and assistance in selecting the appropriate Major Advisor. Non Thesis Masters students will work with the Dean of Students for general academic advice during the course of their study.

Upon completion of the enrollment process, all Thesis Masters students are directed to work with the Dean of Students for general academic advice, advice concerning the selection of a thesis topic, and assistance in selecting the appropriate Major Advisor. Non-Thesis Masters students will work with the Dean of Students for general academic advice during the course of their study.

Areas of Masters Concentration

There is a range of areas of concentration in which students can earn a Masters degree as long as it is in the general domain of "Wisdom Studies." The choice is intensely personal. Successful theses can range from pure research to creative artistic projects, social activism or the development of an artistic project such as a piece of music or art. This is a decision you must make because the thesis is your work and needs to reflect who you are and what you deem important for your academic and spiritual growth.

As you think about areas of focus, know that a number of Ubiquity University faculty with significant expertise in a wide range of focus areas could serve as Major Advisors.

It may be that your area of research lies outside the domain of any Ubiquity University faculty. In that case, we will work with you to find the right person to mentor you. The key thing is to be in contact with Judith Yost as soon as you enroll so that you can obtain guidance as to what topic you might want to explore for your dissertation and whom you might want as a Major Advisor.

Topic and Criteria for Writing a Thesis

A student may choose to write a Masters Thesis (research paper, minimum 50 pages, maximum 100) or project (an experiential, work-oriented project, or creative art work) with written documentation. This thesis will be developed with the advice and under the supervision of the Major Advisor.

All theses must meet the following three criteria:

  1. Each thesis must demonstrate graduate level competency in writing and knowledge. Theses may be focused on research, a creative project, teaching project, or other projects that clearly demonstrate the student‘s creative capacities. The topic of the Master‘s thesis must be developed and have the approval of the Major Advisor.
  2. All theses without exception must follow the APA (American Psychological Association) style of writing. This format allows for uniformity in university theses and provides a threshold criterion to which all students must adhere in preparing their thesis. The APA style must be followed for the thesis to be admitted.
  3. Demonstration of Subject/Object Synthesis. At Ubiquity University, we require both a rigorous demonstration that the student understands the content of the course or thesis project, and can use footnotes, bibliographies, proper formatting, etc. as well as demonstrate an equally rigorous insight into his or her interior journey as a result of learning the content. It is the capacity to combine an objective grasp of the material under consideration and also engage in the introspective work of discerning how the material is actually affecting one‘s inner life and soul growth that is a mark of wisdom.

Passage of the Masters Thesis

Once a thesis has been completed to the satisfaction of the Major Advisor, it is submitted to the Vice President for Academic Affairs for final evaluation. The Vice President for Academic Affairs has the discretion to require further writing, modifications or research to ensure that the thesis conforms to Ubiquity University standards of excellence.

Students in the Combined Masters/Doctoral program would participate in the Non Thesis Masters program because their major writing project will be their Doctoral Dissertation.

Graduation Requirements for a Masters Degree

  1. Students must have their thesis approved by the Vice President for Academic Affairs by January 5 of the graduating year.
  2. Student's fees and all financial obligations to Ubiquity University must be fully paid, and completion of all requirements for the degree must be met by the third week of February of the graduating year.
  3. A completed bound thesis, required for the Ubiquity University library, must be submitted to Wisdom University by May 1 of the graduating year.

Students who complete requirements for Graduation after the Commencement date can request transcripts as evidence they hold the title of Masters. The Degree and Stole can be mailed to the student if they do not plan to attend the graduation ceremony.

Tuition and Fees
for the Masters Program in Wisdom Studies

Thesis Option

Application Fee: $75 - Paid when submitting Admissions Application.

Enrollment Fee: $500 - Paid when admitted as a student to Ubiquity University.

Tuition: $1760 per In-person Intensives and pilgrimages - Paid per Intensive at the time of registration for each class. Tuition for Online courses and Virtual Retreats may vary. To be paid atthe time of registration.

Thesis Credit and Advising Fee: $1920 - Can be paid over time in installments, or in one sum for a $200 discount, once student begins working with Thesis Advisor.

Thesis Submission and Graduation Fee: $450 - Paid when Thesis is submitted to Ubiquity University.

Additional Fees That May Apply

Continuation Fee: A $150 fee will be applied to each 6-month term in the program after the years provided.

Re-Admission Fee: A $400 fee will be applied for re-admission after withdrawal.

International Off-site Fee: A $250 fee will be applied to all courses held internationally.

Paper Extension Fee: A $25 - $100 (a graduated fee, depending on the lateness of the paper) fee will be applied to all Paper Extension requests.

Official Transcript Fee: A $10 Fee will be applied for all official transcript requests.

Degree Change Fee: $275 (non-refundable) - Applied when changing from one degree program to another after having been accepted to Ubiquity University.

Non-Thesis Masters Option

NON-THESIS MASTERS OPTION in Wisdom Studies includes 32 credit required for the Masters degree.

Half of the course credits must be in-person learning experiences (Intensives or Pilgrimages) with the other 50% Virtual Retreats. Exceptions may be made for certain international students.

The Non-Thesis Masters degree must be completed within a period of three years. Continuations for study beyond three years are possible in certain circumstances. An Application for Continuation must be submitted to the Registrar.

Required Intensives

The following courses are required for the Non-Thesis Masters program:

  1. Wisdom and Civilization
  2. Any course offered in Earth Wisdom and the Primordial Mind.
  3. Any course offered in the mystics or specific wisdom traditions.
  4. Tuition and Fees for Non-Thesis Masters in Wisdom Studies

    Application Fee: $75 - Paid when submitting Admissions Application.

    Enrollment Fee: $500 - Paid when admitted as a student to Ubiquity University.

    Tuition: $1760 per In-person Intensive and Pilgrimages - Paid at the time of registration for each class. Tuition for Online courses and Virtual Retreats may vary. To be paid at the time of registration.

    Graduation Fee: $250 - Paid when student submits the Petition to Graduate form the first week of February of the graduating year.

    Additional Fees That May Apply

    Continuation Fee: A $150 fee will be applied to each 6-month term in the program after the years provided.

    Re-Admission Fee: A $400 fee will be applied for re-admission after withdrawal.

    International Off-site Fee: A $250 fee will be applied to all courses held internationally.

    Paper Extension Fee: A $25 - $100 (a graduated fee, depending on the lateness of the paper) fee will be applied to all Paper Extension requests.

    Official Transcript Fee: A $10 Fee will be applied for all official transcript requests.

    Degree Change Fee: $275 (non-refundable) - Applied when changing from one degree program to another after having been accepted to Ubiquity University.

    The tuition and fees structure for the Masters Degree in Wisdom Studies.

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