Melissa Perry - Frequently Asked Questions
Are prerequisites needed to apply?
Yes, applicants need a bachelor’s degree from an appropriately accredited institution in the United States or the equivalent from outside the United States.
Prospective international students are cautioned that a U.S. bachelor’s degree is an award that requires at least 4 years of full-time equivalent college-level work. In some countries a Bachelor degree may be awarded for 3 years of full-time study, however this will not usually be equivalent to the U.S. Bachelor degree, otherwise known as the baccalaureate credential.
Note for Non-U.S. Residents in particular: if the applicant’s undergraduate hours or degree were granted by a non-U.S. institution, transcripts must be evaluated for equivalency to a U.s. Bachelor degree by the International Education Research Foundation or another authorized credential evaluation service.
How many hours of internship are required?
The second year of the program includes 135 hours of closely supervised Practicum (over two quarters). Please see the Catalog for more details.
How many hours of meetings, etc. are required?
The program is built on six two-week residencies, over two years.
In addition there are:
Advisor meetings: 9 hours per year.
General Supervision: 9 individual hours (per year) plus group supervision classes.
Case Work hours: included with Practicum.
Study Committee meetings: once per year.
Peer Group meetings: twice each month throughout the program.
How much does the program cost?
The MAPOF program total tuition is $34,200 (57 credits required to graduate @ $600/credit).
There are additional program fees and expenses including personal mentorship and lodging costs.
What is the MA program graduation rate?
The current graduation rate of our MA programs is 75%.
Who are the faculty members?
Faculty members are listed in the MAPOF student handbook. Several faculty will teach in each residential period. Arny and Amy Mindell are also part of the teaching faculty. (Their seminars are included in at least one of the residencies.)
Is it possible to go through the program at a slower rate?
No, it is not possible at this time to go at a slower rate.
Is it possible to go at a faster rate?
No, because classes for the MAPOF program are only offered at specific times through a blended learning model of both residential courses and distance courses. There is no way to take classes faster than the two year duration of the program.
Is there someone you would recommend that I could talk to about the program and how it may match with what I am looking for?
For more information please contact our Outreach and Admission Coordinator.
What do you have at the end of two years?
After two years, you graduate with a Master of Arts in Process-Oriented Facilitation and Conflict Studies.
Are the cohort groups separate from each other?
Each cohort group (the group of MAPOF students who begin a program together) will be separate from other cohorts (i.e., first group entering program is separate from second group), though certain public classes may overlap or may contain students from multiple cohorts.
Are there student visas available for the MAPOF program?
This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. Prospective international students should contact the office for more information.
Is there financial aid available?
At this time, there is no Federal financial aid available to our students. There are a limited number of work-study and scholarship opportunities – see here for more information.
How do I meet diplomates to find my advisor and study committee?
Faculty contact information is available from the administrative office. We also have a faculty/student gathering the first night of the program, allowing students to get to know the PWI faculty.
Would most of the participants in this course be based in Portland or do you think people would travel in?
People will be attending from all parts of the world to attend the two week residencies. The program is designed to allow out of state and international students to participate. There will be peer groups created from within the student group and you will also meet with them regularly by phone, email or face-to-face. There is also constant contact with supervisors and advisors via the same methods.
Is it preferable to be based in Portland or are there particular benefits of being in Portland to study?
No, there is no need to live in Portland. Students are encouraged to make use of resources in their home communities. If time and finances allow, students may also travel to other cities or countries where Processwork events may provide more study opportunities.
Does this sound like an opportunity for you?