Online Master’s Degree Available in Men’s Studies

28 July 2009

Would you believe that there is now a graduate-level program for men’s studies?  Through Akamai University one may receive a Master of Science degree in Men’s Studies and Fatherhood.   The degree is online, and the university isn’t accredited – the latter a major down side.  Nevertheless, my interest was piqued by the class titles, which demonstrate overt Jungian themes and sound substantial in content.  The core curriculum is listed below.

Required: The following nine credits:

MSP 531: Rites of Passage: Ancient and Modern (3 credits)
MSP 532: Developmental Male Psychology (3 credits)
MSP 533: Issues in Male Sexuality (3 credits)

Plus nine additional credits selected from the following courses:

MSP 534: Men in Literature (3 credits)
MSP 535: Issues Facing Men (3 credits)
MSP 536: Models of Masculinity (3 credits)
MSP 537: Marriage and Fatherhood (3 credits)
MSP 538: Male Victimization (3 credits)
MPS 539: Male Archetypes (3 credits)
MSP 540: Men’s/Fathers’ Rights (3 credits)
MSP 541: Patriarchy (3 credits)
MSP 542: Male Spirituality (3 credits)



  1. My question about this intrigueing program. WHY isn’t it accredited? Why not make the extra effort for this to be a legit masters program? 100s of universities and colleges are able to establish accredited programs but Akamai is unable or doesn’t have the time?

    With so many diploma mills scandals around, it saddens me to see Akamai not legitimizing their program. No other university offers a masters or even a major in men studies. Akamai could be the catalyst for change. Instead we are left with universities offering women & gender study degrees. (Good grief)

  2. Jeff, you pose a good question. I too would like to see Akamai spend the resources to get the program accredited with at least some psychological associations. Unfortunately, I think the problem runs far deeper than the university level. There are few reasons to accredit a men’s studies program unless there is a perceived need for a qualified group of scholars and practitioners in this field. As it is, men’s studies has not received enough publicity about its value, even its practical value.

    I see a few places where this could change. One, a men’s counseling certificate could become a standardized feature of some psychologists’ training. It would have to be in addition to their other training, but it would equip them for the specific issues boys and men deal with. Akamai is making an inroad toward this, but it will probably require a bigger, more prestigious (and non-online) program to really get this pattern going. It might also require a new governing body for accreditation, one that would also promote the importance of vocational training for male therapy. Second, I could see business programs beginning to offer certificate programs dealing with masculine culture. For instance, advertisers are dying to get inside men’s minds, since male spending is on the rise. Likewise, managers are beginning to think more about how to foster healthy work habits about men in the office. Could these facets even be implemented in MBA programs? Third, some schools must begin taking the risk of offering accredited master’s programs in interdisciplinary studies – men’s studies. I was able to custom tailor a program at (of all places) the University of South Dakota. If they could overcome the temptation to bow to PC pressure that insists on going the generic gender studies route, a number of larger state schools could pull off something like this.

    Those are my suggestions. Yours?

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