The Master's in Tai Chi provides graduate level preparation to a variety of practitioners of internal martial arts who provide educational and managerial leadership to benefit their communities by exposing the general public and martial arts students to the physical, social and health benefits of Tai Chi. Graduates of the program will be able to develop and present community programs in community centers and industry, recommend exercises to alleviate a number of common physical ailments, and manage events to present martial arts in general and Tai Chi in particular to the general public. The degree may qualify the graduate to teaching many institutions of higher education.
The program consists of 31 semester units (500 class hours) of lecture and activity courses in the areas of Tai Chi theory and practice, health management and recreation administration. In addition, the degree also requires completion of a Masters Project with rigor consistent with graduate work (3 units and not less than 100 hours of effort), where the culminating experience is a poster presentation.
The range of projects includes (but is not limited to): a web site, in-depth review of literature, business plans, facility feasibility studies, product development, educational materials, fitness programs (pediatric-geriatric), historical analysis, or educational intervention techniques, among others deemed appropriate by the academic advisor. The graduate student and the Dean of the College of Tai Chi agree to individual projects.*
*Note: The College has set a time limit of one calendar year from the date of the presentation for the completion of corrections to the project. If not completed in that time frame a grade of no credit will be given for the project. Graduate students must complete at least 21 units prior to enrollment for project credit.
Admission to the Master’s Program requires the following: a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited US college or university of higher education, an ability to perform the short-form of any Tai Chi style, a letter of recommendation from an academic advisor, and a letter of recommendation from a recognized instructor in Oriental Martial arts.
Upon enrollment, students may complete the Master's degree program in the following ways:
Accelerated Academic Track: In this track the students can complete the Master in Tai Chi program in two semesters by carrying an average semester academic load of fifteen (15) units one semester and sixteen (16) the other. Student cannot graduate from the University in less than two semesters or one (1) calendar year.
Normal Academic Track: In this track, students can complete the Master's program in three semesters by carrying an average semesterly academic load of twelve (12) units. Failure to do so will result in non-compliance with the University's regulation on Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
Extended Academic Track: The maximum time allowed for any student to complete the Master's in Tai Chi program is 6 semesters or three (3) calendar years. The student must be enrolled in an average of 6 units two semesters every calendar year in order to meet the University's regulation on Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).