The Master's program holds to the fundamental assumption that cognitive understanding must be coupled with educative experiences for learning to occur. Therefore, graduate students in the program are encouraged, and even required, to leave the classroom and develop meaningful learning experiences for themselves. Whether their interest is outdoor programming, classroom teaching, administration, psychological interventions or others, the program gives students academic credit for practicing and implementing what they have learned. The program is designed for strongly self-directed individuals who want to research, test, and investigate different approaches to experiential education.
To support, challenge, and broaden students’ own learning, carefully thought-out core seminars are also offered to complement the students’ raw, direct experiences. The core seminars focus on the analysis and exploration of the fundamental theories of experiential education. In addition to the core seminar courses, students are encouraged to pursue their passions by taking graduate level elective courses of their own choosing. The goal of this multi-faceted program is to unite practical skills with scholarly pursuits in the interests of the individual student.