Requirements for the M.A. Degree


The degree of Master of Arts (M.A.) is conferred upon students who complete a total of at least two Residence Units and all academic requirements specified by their program.

*Exception: Students entering the following free-standing M.A. programs in fall 2016 or later register for a full or fractional Residence Unit following the rules listed here. Students who entered these programs in spring 2016 or earlier register only for individual courses and do NOT register for Residence Units.

  • American Studies
  • Human Rights Studies 
  • Islamic Studies 
  • Japanese Pedagogy 
  • Jewish Studies 
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies 
  • Modern European Studies 
  • South Asian Studies

To receive the degree, students in all M.A. programs are required to hold a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00, and to complete all coursework and receive letter grades replacing all marks of Incomplete (IN) or Credit Pending (CP), whether or not the course is required for the degree.

Once all requirements have been completed, the student must apply for graduation in order to receive the M.A. degree. Degrees are awarded three times a year—in October, February, and May—and each degree conferral date has a corresponding application deadline.