Master of Arts Program Guide

The degree can be completed in a minimum of three quarters, should be completed within five full-time quarters, and must be completed within six full-time quarters to maintain satisfactory progress.


The requirements for the Master of Arts degree include forty credits of coursework and evidence of reading competency in a language other than modern or Middle English.


The Director of Graduate Studies serves as advisor for all degree requirements. A student entering the program should meet as soon as possible with the Director of Graduate Studies. At this meeting the Director will review degree requirements, discuss coursework choices, and appoint a graduate faculty member who shares the student’s research interests to serve as entrance adviser to counsel the student on academic matters, including scholarship, course selection, and professional preparation. This role will continue until the student chooses a Master’s Essay Director who then assumes mentorship.

Applying for the Degree

Students wishing to graduate with the Master of Arts degree must submit an on-line application to the Graduate School within the first two weeks of the quarter in which the degree is to be conferred. Students must be registered for a minimum of two credits during the quarter the degree is conferred. Note that the MA degree is a “non-thesis” degree option.