Arts, Leadership & Learning

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The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Arts, Leadership and Learning is a 33 credit program that addresses the needs of practicing educators and administrators who have completed a master’s degree and are interested in pursuing advanced academic work in arts, leadership, and learning.

The program is the natural extension of the work being done at PSU in arts integration, and serves to address current national trends and legislation toward the integration of the arts as an integral part of the core curriculum.

Typical students in this program are classroom teachers, art educators in visual art, music, theater or dance, or administrators who wish to pursue post-master’s coursework in a supportive and engaging program of study.

Our Arts, Leadership, and Learning program for classroom teachers, arts educators in visual art, music, theatre, or dance, or arts administrators who wish to pursue coursework beyond the master’s in a supportive and engaging program of study.

Curriculum Requirements
Admission Requirements
The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) programs require the following materials to be submitted through our online application

GPA of 3.0 or better – The admissions review team will consider academic history for bachelor’s, master’s and post-master’s coursework.

Official transcripts from all college level coursework verifying conferral of bachelor’s and other graduate degrees from an accredited institution, along with official transcripts from any/all other colleges and universities attended. Transcripts can be sent electronically to psu-gradadmit@plymouth.edu or mailed to PSU Graduate Admissions, 17 High Street-MSC 52, Plymouth NH 03264

Three professional recommendations that directly address applicant’s candidacy for admission to a post-master’s program;include a detailed explanation of applicant’s strengths and ability to do research; and address applicant’s potential to successfully participate in, and complete, a post-master’s program.

Current resume uploaded directly to your online application.

Professional writing sample – create a writing sample or use a previously created work that has been submitted academically or written for professional reasons. Writing sample must:

  • be clear and well organized with logical progression of ideas;
  • include multiple supporting details (literature) with sources cited correctly within the narrative;
  • indicate mastery of grammar, usage and mechanics; and
  • reveal evidence of appropriate use of APA format

Statement of interest/intent addressing the following:

  • indicate your reasons for applying to the CAGS program
  • describe your preparation and/or readiness for post-master’s level coursework
  • explain why the program is a good fit

NH Residency Verification form (NH residents only) – Residents of NH must complete the NH Residency Verification form as part of the application process to receive the in-state tuition rate.

$100 application fee – The application fee will be waived for US Military Veterans and/or PSU alumni who have earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree from Plymouth State.

Admission Deadlines

Students pursuing Arts, Leadership, and Learning can apply for admission to any of the upcoming semesters. Here are the deadlines for 2019-20:

  • Spring 2020 – December 1, 2019
  • Summer 2020 – April 15, 2020
  • Fall 2020 – August 1, 2020

*We suggest submitting your documentation at least two weeks prior to the posted date to ensure your application is complete and can be reviewed by the deadline. 

Spring 2020 Registration Begins October 28

Did you know PSU allows you to take up to 12 credits of graduate coursework before applying to most programs? So whether you are admitted to a program or just want to try a class, you can get started today!

Search for classes – the Office of the Registrar handles the course registration process – more information is available by visiting their website where you can check out the current course schedule by clicking on the “Browse and Register for Courses” option on the left side. Simply select the current term from the drop down menu which will then allow you to search for classes in a variety of ways.

Register Online – Registration can be completed online through the myPlymouth portal if you are a current/active student or have been admitted to a graduate program. Be sure to have your user name, password, and the course number and title handy. At the end of the registration process you will be notified of your billing due date. Specific instructions for completing the online registration can be found on the Registrar’s website under the “How to Register” tab.

New to PSU? If you are taking your first graduate class at PSU and have not been admitted to a graduate program, you will need to complete the paper registration form which can be found under the “Registration Forms” tab. Completed forms should be submitted directly to the Office of the Registrar via email to psu-registration@plymouth.edu or faxed to 603-535-2724.

Graduate Tuition Rates – Tuition for graduate coursework is calculated on a per credit rate based on residency status. Click here to see the current tuition costs.

Students who complete a PSU graduate degree program in Arts, Leadership, and Learning will achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate scholarship in the arts through cultivating understandings of the holistic nature of artistic communication, creative process, and aesthetic engagement.
  • Demonstrate relationships with professionals in the field who represent diversity of perspective, culture and context.
  • Apply action-based arts leadership strategies through the design, facilitation, assessment and implementation of arts advocacy projects in educational systems.
  • Demonstrate the importance of the arts and learning in multicultural and multilingual settings.
  • Demonstrate the leadership skills necessary to design, advocate and implement successful art projects that have an impact on the community.
  • Demonstrate understanding of qualitative and applied research methods.

“How much will my graduate program cost?” and “How will I pay for it?” are two of the most common questions asked when considering continuing your education. Here is some basic information about tuition, financial aid, scholarships and Graduate Assistant opportunities. We encourage you to click the links on this page for additional information and resources.

Graduate Tuition and Fees

Tuition for graduate level courses is assessed on a per credit basis, and differs slightly for NH residents and non-residents. Please note, the per credit rate varies depending on the level of the program to which you are admitted.

2018-19 Rates for New Hampshire Residents

Program Level Tuition Mandatory Fees Per Credit Total
Master’s $535 $40 $575
CAGS $565 $40 $605
EdD $625 $40 $665

2019-20 ESTIMATED Rates for Non-Residents

Program Level Tuition Mandatory Fees Per Credit Total
Master’s $760 $40 $800
CAGS $670 $40 $710
EdD $750 $40 $790

More information is available through the Student Account Services Office.

Financial Aid

Graduate students are eligible for financial aid in the form of student loans only. You will need to complete the FAFSA at least 30 days prior to the start of the semester you wish to begin taking classes. International students are not eligible for federal financial aid – please review our international admission requirements to learn more.

More information can be found on the Financial Aid webpages.

Scholarships

Each year, Plymouth State offers a limited number of merit-based scholarships to admitted graduate students. Selection criteria include academic and professional achievements, commitment to graduate study, and achievement or pursuit of personal or professional goals. Visit the PSU Scholarship Opportunities webpage for additional information.

Graduate Assistant positions

Graduate assistants are an important part of Plymouth State’s collaborative learning community. They work alongside faculty, staff, and students to help achieve the University’s goals, while gaining valuable experience as assistants, researchers, and teachers.

Graduate Assistant positions are available on a limited basis to highly qualified graduate students who’ve been fully accepted into a graduate program at Plymouth State. Applications for assistantships should be returned to the Office of Academic Affairs by April 1 for the upcoming year.

We would be happy to provide you with more information about our graduate programs – here are a few ways to learn more!

INQUIRE – Complete a brief inquiry form and we will connect you with the program coordinator and provide you with additional information about the curriculum, admission requirements, faculty information, and more.

VISIT – We hold information sessions and campus visits throughout the year, or we can schedule an in-person advising appointment – come check out our beautiful campus in Plymouth, NH

EMAIL – Have a quick question about our wide array of graduate programs and certificates? Send us an email at forgrad@plymouth.edu

CHAT – We would be happy to chat with you – just submit a question to one of our admissions advisors.

Want an answer right away? Give us a call – the Admissions Office is open Mon-Fri from 8:00am-4:30pm at 603-535-2237 or 800-FOR-GRAD.

Graduate Admission Team – Whether you are continuing your education or have been out of school for a while, we are here to help guide you through the application process, assist in getting you registered for your first semester of classes, and provide you with “next steps, information, and resources on campus.

Program Coordinator/Advisor – Once you have been admitted into a graduate program, you will be assigned an academic advisor who will be your go-to person for class scheduling, program and/or curriculum questions, and academic guidance.

Office of the Registrar – can assist with course registration, transcript requests and degree conferral information

Student Account Services – please contact them with questions regarding your bill, employer reimbursement, or financial holds on your account.

Financial Aid Office – is here to assist financial aid, student loans, or other financial related questions.