Life as a Graduate Student

Going back to school as a working adult can seem like a daunting venture, but Marlboro College makes it doable and enjoyable. Our master's and certificate programs have different schedules to accommodate students' varied work lives, but all follow the same basic model: intentionally small, in-person classes supplemented by engaging online study. In addition to being work-friendly, this blended model has been shown in research studies to be more effective than face-to-face instruction alone, according to a 2010 report by the U.S. Department of Education.

It's Personal

Marlboro takes a human-scale approach to graduate education. That means you will get to know everyone in your program, from the program director to the support staff, and they will get to know you. Small working groups and team-based projects foster a strong sense of camaraderie among your student cohort while also improving your ability to work effectively with others. Faculty members are engaged, supportive, and accessible—not only because Marlboro's small community encourages frequent student-faculty interaction, but also because our faculty see themselves as colleagues committed to your professional success.

Opportunities for the Taking

As a Marlboro graduate student, you are plugged into all that is happening at and in collaboration with the college - which is a lot. Marlboro sponsors a number of professional development offerings, including free monthly workshops and networking events for those interested in management and education. The college also partners with a range of academic and community organizations to spearhead initiatives, such as Benchmarks for a Better Vermont, and to facilitate gatherings, such as the annual Slow Living Summit. By getting involved in these activities, you can enrich your program experience and broaden your professional network in the process.