Planning Your Program
1. Program of Study
The program of study form is a tool to help you discuss your program with your adviser, plan your courses, and check on the progress of meeting your program requirements. Please plan to bring it with you whenever you meet with your adviser:
2. Continuing Full-Time Status
If you need to take a leave, or a reduced number of courses, then you will need to register for Continuing Full-Time Status. Be sure to review the GMS Policies and Procedures, along with the Registration page, and the attached explanation. Submit the appropriate form.
3. MACCP Service-Learning Requirements
First-year MACCP students must complete a year-long (October through the following summer) service learning internship, under approved supervision at both the internship site and by the MACCP Service-Learning Internship Director. The primary purpose of this internship is to 1) allow students from our program to obtain practical experience and training within a supervised environment, 2) to satisfy a program requirement, and 3) to build relationships and understanding of the setting, preparatory to conducting IRB-approved fieldwork during the summer between the first and second years of the program.
In consultation with your advisor and the instructor of the thesis-writing seminar, you should determine whether you need a third thesis reader. To serve as a Third Reader, an individual must:
- have a doctoral-level degree (or highest degree related to their field, with permission of your MACCP advisor and thesis-writing seminar instructor);
- have expertise in the student’s thesis topic, or in an approach that complements
the expertise of the MACCP faculty;
- be available to give conceptual feedback on an abstract of a final version of each
of the seven thesis chapters during the period from October through April, while
the student is writing the thesis. If willing, third readers may read full chapter drafts, per
agreement with the student;
- be available to discuss the ongoing progress of the student’s work, based either on reviewing chapter abstracts or drafts;
- be able to attend the student’s Thesis Defense Meeting in March, either in person
or by Skype.
All MACCP students should submit the MACCP Thesis Readers Policy to the
MACCP faculty by mid-October of their second year (or of the year during which
they are writing their thesis, if doing the program part time).
Be sure to track GMS deadlines related to your thesis. These include submitting to GMS: a Master’s Thesis Title Form, and a Special Service Appointment form for your third thesis reader. These forms are available on the GMS Student Forms page.
Related deadlines are listed on the GMS Calendars web page. You are responsible for tracking these deadlines.
Over the two years of your time in the program, you will develop an e-Portfolio, “an electronic collection of evidence that shows your learning journey over time. Portfolios can relate to specific academic fields or your lifelong learning. Evidence may include writing samples, photos, videos, research projects, observations by mentors and peers, and/or reflective thinking. The key aspect of an eportfolio is your reflection on the evidence, such as why it was chosen and what you learned from the process of developing your eportfolio. (Adapted from Philippa Butler’s “Review of the Literature on Portfolios and Eportfolios” (2006), page 2, in ePortfolios with GoogleApps).
For further explanations and examples of how to prepare an outstanding e-Portfolio, see the related section in our resources page on Looking for a Job. The following checklist will help you to develop your own: