1. How will this “modified online” program be implemented?
In nearly every respect, the Canisius College MS in Anthrozoology is an online program. Nearly all of the coursework can be completed from any geographic location via a computer interface with the instructors and the college. The only exception is that most of the coursework will also involve a single visit to the Canisius campus for an intensive, four-day long series of classroom meetings, seminars, and presentations by invited speakers. The timing of these in-person meetings will coincide for all Anthrozoology courses so full-time participation in three courses will entail only a single campus visit each semester.
2. What will be the dates for the required visit?
The on-campus component (OCC) occurs during the first week of each semester–specifically, on the Thursday through Sunday of each of those weeks. Typically, the OCC falls on the four days that preceed Labor Day and Martin Luther King Day.
3. Will every course be available in every semester?
No. To keep things efficient, most of the Anthrozoology elective courses will be offered on an every-other year basis, with four electives available in any given semester. In this way, every elective will be available either in a student’s first or second year. With careful planning, the student will be able to custom tailor course selections to coincide most directly with interests.
4. How long will it take to complete this program?
For full-time students, this is a two-year program. The full-time student takes three courses per semester (nine credit hours) for the first three semesters. In the fourth semester, the student can complete a single nine-credit internship or Independent Research project, or take two additional electives along with a single three-credit internship. Summer classes are available for those wishing to finish in two years but who may not be able to take three classes every semester.
The typical progression for a full time student is as follows:
- Year 1, Semester 1: ANZ 501, plus any two Anthrozoology electives
- Year 1, Semester 2: ANZ 506, plus any two Anthrozoology electives
- Year 2, Semester 1: Any three Anthrozoology electives
- Year 2, Semester 2: ANZ 601, 602, or 603 (and two additional Anthrozoology electives, if applicable)
Part-time students can progress through the same sequence of courses at a pace that best fits their own needs. This can be either one or two courses per semester. All students must, however, complete their degree within 4 years.
5. How much does this program cost?
Tuition for the program during School Year 2014-2015 is $765 per credit hour. Rates for the school year are effective May 2013.
6. Is this program accredited?
The program is approved by the New York State Department of Education, and Canisius College is fully accredited to offer master's degrees in this discipline.
7. Are the GREs really optional?
Yes. We are looking for excellent students, and we recognize that evidence of excellence takes many forms. Each applicant is welcome to submit GRE scores, or not, depending on his/her inclination. The same applies to letters of recommendation and other supplementary material. It should be emphasized, however, that it does benefits each prospective applicant to submit sufficient material to convince the admissions committee of his/her promise of success at the graduate level of study.
8. What undergraduate background is expected in the applicant?
We will readily entertain applicants with any undergraduate major. One of the strengths of Anthrozoology as a discipline is that it draws from almost every other field of study. Our program will be accessible to student with various backgrounds, including biology, sociology, psychology, anthropology, economics, philosophy, and jurisprudence.
9. Do you offer courses in the summer?
Yes. Our program runs in three semesters: Fall, Spring, and Summer. Participation in the summer semester is optional.
10. What is the purpose of the breadth requirements:
The field of anthrozoology brings together individuals from diverse academic backgrounds, and a highly interdisciplinary team is often required to investigate complex human-animal relations, and to implement effective solutions to human-animal conflicts. We therefore believe it is important for graduates of our program to have experience exploring anthrozoological issues varying perspectives. That is why our curriculum requires at least one course in the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities.