A: Yes. Effective summer 2013, the entire degree program (all required and elective courses) can be completed by taking courses in the distance learning (i.e. online) format. However, if you prefer, you can take elective courses in the traditional face-to-face classroom format.
A: No. The same online application and process is used for the face-to-face (F2F) MALS degree and the online degree.
A: No. The admission, financial aid and graduation requirements are identical to that of F2F education at Brockport.
A: The difference is in the medium through which the courses are delivered. The courses are offered through SUNY Learning Network (SLN) via ANGEL, the Online Learning Management System Software.
A: Not at all. You are given access to these technologies without any additional cost. The only technology requirement is the availability of an Internet-enabled hand-held device, laptop or desktop computer.
A: The College provides training both in-person and online to all those who need help in using these educational technologies. If you think you need a formal introduction, please contact the campus IT services.
A: Our online "course schedule" is available at www.brockport.edu. Choose "Course Schedule" from the Quick Links menu at the top of the page; or, select "Course Schedule" from the links at the bottom of the page.
A: Visit the SUNY Learning Network (SLN) and choose the filters available on the left navigation to get to courses based on your interest, such as semester, discipline, campus, level (graduate/undergraduate), etc.
A: Dr. Raj, the program director for the MALS, is available to help with your Plan of Study. Dr. Raj's office is located in the Albert W. Brown Building, Room 217. You can contact him via telephone at (585) 395-5760, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A: Applications are available at The Graduate School, located in Morgan hall. Or, call (585) 395-2525.
A: Yes. Contact the The Graduate School if you have never taken graduate classes at The College at Brockport. The process may involve submitting a form and the required fee, after which you may register (on a availability basis) for elective courses that you wish to take.
A: Maybe. The program requires a central theme or focus for the courses comprising each student’s individualized Plan of Study. This theme, and the particular courses that will actually be accepted for the Plan of Study, are determined through advisement as part of the matriculation process. While we will be as flexible as possible, we cannot guarantee that any particular course taken prior to matriculation will be accepted toward the program. In any case, please note the following:
A: Courses designed exclusively for graduate students (600-level rather than 500-level courses at The College at Brockport), and those that carry liberal arts credit (usually designated as “A” courses rather than “B” courses at Brockport) are likely to be better predictors of an applicant’s success in the MALS program; therefore, they are generally given more weight in the application review process.
A: Applications are reviewed three times each year. Application deadlines (for receipt of all application materials) are October 15, March 15, and June 15. Students will be notified about acceptance decisions by mail, approximately three weeks after the deadline for each review period. Late applications are sometimes considered.
A: Applicants must have at least a 3.0 undergraduate and/or graduate grade point average to be considered for admission. However, admission is competitive and meeting the minimal criteria for consideration by no means assures admission. As space permits, promising students may be given a “conditional” acceptance contingent on successful completion of specific requirements.
A: All the required application material is carefully reviewed. Letters of recommendation, the quality of one’s Statement of Objectives, and the fit between the applicant’s educational objectives and the program’s philosophy all are important considerations. Availability of elective courses appropriate to the applicant’s proposed curricular focus are also critical factors in the review process, and may vary with different review periods.
A: It's essential that your letters of recommendation indicate your capacity to be successful at the graduate level of study. Your academic instructors from your undergraduate (or graduate) study may be able to make evaluations in this regard. Recommendations from other individuals may be appropriate provided that the assessment criteria stated on the recommendation form are addressed.
A: All students offered admission to the MALS program are assigned the program director as advisor. Students meet with the director as part of the matriculation process.