You are here: Home / Graduate / Graduate Courses and Degrees / M.A. Requirements

M.A. Requirements

What are the requirements for the M.A.?

  • A minimum of 30 credits (Except in unusual circumstances, credits earned for independent study [CAS 496 and 596] may not be counted toward fulfilling M.A. degree requirements. In addition, credits beyond the minimum of 30 do not automatically count toward the minimum specified for the Ph.D. degree for those who advance to the Ph.D. program.)
  • At least 3 credits of course work in communication outside the area of specialization
  • At least 3 credits of course work in communication focusing on a research methodology relevant to the student's research area (appropriate course work to be designated by the student's committee)
  • A total of 6 hours of CAS 600 within the minimum of 30 for the M.A. degree
  • An M.A. thesis
  • An oral examination in defense of the thesis. The candidate and at least two members of the M.A. committee (including the chair) must be physically present at the thesis defense. A favorable vote of at least two-thirds of the members of the committee is required for passing.
  • Satisfactory academic progress. Consistent with Graduate School regulations, a graduate student who fails to maintain satisfactory scholarship or to make acceptable progress in a degree program will be dropped from the program. Satisfactory progress for full-time students normally implies the completion of all degree requirements within a period not to exceed two consecutive calendar years. A cumulative grade-point average below 3.00 for any semester may be considered as evidence of unsatisfactory scholarship. Action to address this situation may be initiated by the department Head, the Graduate Officer, or by the chair of the student's committee.

Download the M.A. Thesis Option outline here (DOCX).

Download the M.A. Thesis Option outline here (PDF).