Degree Requirements

Candidates for the MA degree must satisfactorily complete the
following studies, which may be completed in one or two academic
year.  Students will complete the coursework in the fall and winter terms, and the Major Research Paper (MRP) in the summer term. Upon completion of the MRP, the student will have an oral exam.

The sequence for the satisfactory completion of M.A. requirements is as follows:

  1. 18 credits* of course work - (at least 12 credits must be Social & Political Thought courses)**
    - In order to ensure interdisciplinary breadth, at least 3 credits must be taken in another SPT field other than the student’s primary SPT field ( there are 3 fields and fields are designated by course code)
  2. The Major Research Paper
  3. An MA oral examination

*  A full course is a 6 credit course and is usually offered over two terms.
A half course is a 3 credit course and is usually offered over one term

** a maximum of 6 credits may be taken as a directed reading course (Social & Political Thought 6001 6.0 or 6001 3.0). No more than 6 credits may be taken with one faculty member, with the exception of a directed reading course.

(Course requirements currently pending Senate approval - expected approval date: August 2016)

All MA requirements are superseded by FGS policies

For more information about Degree Requirements, see Current Students - Degree Requirements.