Course-type master’s degree (no thesis required)

Students pursuing a course-type master's (no thesis) must complete the following university and college requirements. Please see your departmental advisor for additional departmental requirements.

Total hours: Minimum 32, of which at least 21 must be taken on a letter-graded basis. 

Time limit: Master's students must complete all requirements for the degree within seven years of beginning coursework. (A student starting Fall 2012 would have until the end of Fall 2019 to complete the master's degree.) Students supported on graduate assistantships in their final term must be supported for the entire semester and enrolled full-time unless they have been granted approval for an underload by The Graduate School. Approval for an underload requires that all degree requirements be completed, all paperwork submitted and the assistantship terminated by the 30th day of the term.

G.P.A.: A graduate student must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative graduate GPA in order to be eligible for the degree.

Comprehensive exam: If a comprehensive exam is required by the department, the student must register for the appropriate section and have a “P” grade submitted before clearance.

Special Master of Arts (M.A.) requirements: In addition to the requirements listed above, candidates for the Master of Arts degree must meet the following requirements:

  1. Proficiency in a foreign language demonstrated by satisfactory performance on the Graduate Reading Knowledge exam, or certification by the appropriate language department as proficient, or completion of twelve semester hours in a foreign language with an average grade of “B," or four years of a single language in high school.

Six or more semester hours of graduate credit in the following fields: art; classical language, literature, and civilization; English; history; humanities; modern languages and linguistics; music; philosophy; religion; and theatre.