Hollins University Graduate Center
P.O. Box 9603
Roanoke, VA 24020-1603
Fax: (540) 362-6288
Lorraine Lange, superintendent of Roanoke County Public Schools, was named one of four finalists for the 2012 National Superintendent of the Year Program by the American Association of School Administrators. Lange, who earned her master's degree at Hollins, is a former adjunct professor here. Read more »
The M.A.L.S. program is designed for students with varied interests and backgrounds, who thrive on the interdisciplinary approach and flexible curriculum. Students include business executives, nurses, lawyers, educators, homemakers, lifelong learners desiring the professional or personal benefits provided by obtaining the master's degree.
Forty credits (10 courses) are required. Two courses (8 credits) are "heritage core" seminars in humanities and social sciences, examining various historical periods and disciplines. Seven courses (28 credits) are drawn from a menu of courses designed for M.A.L.S. students. These seven courses must develop a concentration in one of five areas:
The final requirement (4 credits) is a capstone experience, involving a research essay or creative project.
Courses taken in the M.A.L.S. degree program during the 2013-14 academic year are set at $354 per credit hour (licensed, practicing teachers receive a $10 per credit discount). Students must pay a nonrefundable deposit of $100 at the beginning of each semester. All deposits will be credited toward the semester's tuition charges. Financial aid is available to qualified students. Stafford student loans are available to students enrolling on at least a part-time (2 courses) basis. Students are encouraged to apply for the Sue Zirkle Frazier Scholarship. This scholarship, established in memory of Sue Zirkle Frazier by her husband, Allie Frazier, one of the organizers of Hollins M.A.L.S. program, is awarded annually to eligible students demonstrating financial need and potential for academic success.
Rolling admissions make entry into the M.A.L.S. program possible prior to any of the three terms offered — fall, spring, or summer. Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants must submit an application form and $40 processing fee. They must provide evidence, by undergraduate record, autobiographical letter, and three letters of recommendation, of their capacity to undertake this program. No student may be considered degree-seeking until completing his or her first two courses with the grade of B or above; a 3.0 average is required for graduation from the program. An admissions interview is required upon acceptance to the program.
Hollins will accept two courses of graduate work completed at another regionally accredited graduate school toward the M.A.L.S. degree provided the grade received was B or better and that the course is a substantive one that ties in with the program.
Scheduling is sensitive to your responsibilities and demands at home and work. Courses are offered fall, spring, and summer; most classes are taught in the evenings. Students may take classes part-time or full-time, and have eight years from matriculation in which to complete the degree requirements.