Masters in Executive Coaching - Frequently Asked Questions

Ashridge Masters in Executive Coaching

How is this Masters different from others?

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Ashridge faculty are mostly qualified in three organisation fields: they are experienced organisation development consultants, accredited executive coaches, and also qualified psychotherapists.The Ashridge Masters in Executive Coaching offers an integrated perspective on the profession, bringing together leading edge thinking in organisational studies (‘complexity thinking’), executive coaching (‘relational practice’), and leadership and change (‘critical moments research’).

This programme is informed by a thriving and active research centre (Ashridge Centre for Coaching) which ensures that teaching is always up-to-date and incorporates the latest developments in business, executive coaching, and the art of helping conversations.

What is the minimum and maximum amount of time I can take to complete the Masters?

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The minimum amount of time is when you join on the May intake and complete all first year assignments by January and the second year assignments by January the next year: 20 months.

If you elect not to continue with your programme at any point, because of life circumstances, but do not wish to permanently leave your studies, you may apply to interrupt your studies, and resume them at a later date. The maximum length of interruption of study for this programme is 5 years, so the maximum possible amount of time taken to complete the Masters is 7 years.

How is the teaching style of the programme relevant for my work as an executive coach?

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The aim of the programme is to develop theoretically informed practitioners with the capacity to critically reflect on their practice. The teaching style reflects this aim. Faculty work collaboratively with the participant group and didactic input is kept to a minimum. Theories and models are introduced to the participant group to provide a conceptual frame. Participants make use of the theory either through practical skills building exercises or small group tasks.

Throughout the programme, the participant group discuss and reflect on current coaching work and professional dilemmas. Participants will do a lot of work in a coaching format, they will engage in peer coaching, being coached by faculty, with observers providing a lot of feedback on how they work both as a client and as a coach. Also, you will be in regular coaching supervision at all times during the programme.

Can I become Ashridge accredited without doing the Masters?

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Yes, you qualify for submitting to accreditation after completing Module 1, which is equal to the Coaching for Organisation Consultants programme. You can therefore join this programme and then sign up for Ashridge accreditation. Alternatively, you can opt for the Postgraduate Diploma option, in which you only enlist for Modules 1, 2 and 3 of the Masters and will come out an accredited coach with a Postgraduate Diploma in Executive Coaching if you pass all assessments.

Why does Ashridge maintain small class sizes?

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Unlike many other schools, our business model is not dependent on postgraduate programmes. We believe there is an optimal group size for maximising the effectiveness of the learning. At Ashridge we favour smaller class sizes that result in a more personalised experience that is complemented at Ashridge by one-to-one tutoring and a focus on enhancing personal capabilities as an executive coach. You will benefit from a unique learning environment, made up of a stunning setting and state of the art resources which promotes personal development and reflection. Moreover, the typical group is made up of experienced professionals who all bring something to the party, enabling rich peer-group learning.