The M.A. requires 30 coursework credits, or a minimum of ten courses (one of which should be 3 hours for thesis writing, if a student chooses the terminal M.A. option). Specific requirements are as follows:
The M.A. requires 30 coursework credits, or a minimum of ten courses Specific requirements are as follows:
(6) Six credit hours in 6390 and 6391 (two courses). Both courses must be taken in first year.
(6) Six additional credit hours at 5000 level or above in any department (two courses)
(9) Nine additional credits at 6000 level or above in any department (three courses)
(3) Three credits in 7000 level course in Comparative Studies (one course)
(3) Three credits in 8000 level course in Comparative Studies (one course)
*(3) Three credits in Comparative Studies 7999: Research for Thesis
*Students who are not taking a terminal M.A. or writing an M.A. thesis may instead take either an addition (3) Credits in coursework or (3) Three credits in Comparative Studies 8193 Individual Studies
No more than 3 hours of non-graded (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) coursework (ordinarily taken as independent study) may count toward the M.A. degree.
Cross-listed courses may count in any department cross-listing the course, regardless of where the student is enrolled.
All Comparative Studies Individual Studies courses must be approved by the Graduate Studies Committee. Students will submit a copy of agreement between student and faculty member supervising the Individual Study outlining goals, expected readings and assignments, number of meetings in advance of the semester.
2. Language Requirement
All students completing the M.A. in Comparative Studies must demonstrate competence in at least one language other than English by the end of their fourth semester. This requirement must be met in one of the following ways:
1. by receiving a minimum grade of "B" in a 6000-level course taught in a language other than English
2. by taking a course that certifies ability to read with the use of a dictionary and receiving a minimum grade of “B” in the course;
3. by passing a proficiency examination administered by the appropriate language department;
4. by petitioning the Graduate Studies Committee to consider other evidence of competence, for example, an undergraduate major or minor in a foreign language.
Courses below the 5000 level taken to fulfill the language requirement are not counted toward the degree.
3. Advisors or Co-Advisors
Students planning to complete the terminal M.A. must choose at least one academic adviser from the core Graduate Faculty in the Department of Comparative Studies by the end of the first year. Students in the M.A./Ph.D. program must select at least one academic advisor from the core Graduate Faculty in the Department of Comparative Studies by the end of their third semester. Core faculty are appointed in Comparative Studies for at least 25% of their tenure line. The Graduate Studies Chair or a designated member of the Graduate Studies Committee will serve as adviser for incoming students until they have chosen an adviser. The chosen adviser or co-advisers serve as Chair or Co-Chairs of the Master’s Defense Committee.
4. End-of-Master’s-Degree Decision.
By November 30th of the student’s third semester in the M.A. program, the student must submit a letter of intent either to continue on to the PhD program or to complete the terminal M.A. degree. Permission to continue to the PhD program will depend upon the student’s satisfactory progress toward the M.A. degree and suitability for the PhD program. Permission to continue will be granted with the approval of the student’s advisor and the Graduate Studies Committee, based on a review of required materials (.see PhD Requirements section for materials required).
Students approved to continue to the PhD program may either:
1. complete the M.A., ordinarily by the end of the third semester in the program upon completion of all coursework and/or thesis. Students choosing a thesis option will be awarded M.A. at that time.
2. Complete coursework for the PhD and be awarded the M.A. degree upon successful completion of Doctoral Candidacy exams.
Students who are not given approval to continue to the PhD program will be expected to complete the terminal M.A. degree, and can do so by completing either the Thesis or the Non-Thesis option.
5. Terminal M.A.
Students seeking a terminal M.A. should choose between the thesis or non-thesis option in consultation with their advisor and their committee.
• Thesis Option: Students, under the supervision of their advisor, write a thesis that is based on substantial research and makes an original contribution to scholarship.
• Non-thesis Option: Students who do not wish to complete a Master’s thesis can choose between these two non-thesis options
• Exam: a four-hour written exam that demonstrates advanced knowledge of the field, including at least one question from each of two faculty advisors.
• Substantial written paper: a paper of publishable length and substance that demonstrates advanced knowledge of the field written under the guidance of at least one faculty advisor and two committee members who meet with the student to discuss the paper's development as it is being written and who then agree upon its readiness for publication.
All students in the terminal M.A. will also successfully defend their work in a two hour oral exam to complete the degree.
6. Master’s Thesis/Non-thesis Committee
In addition to the adviser or co-advisers, at least one of must be a member of the core Graduate Faculty in the Department of Comparative Studies, additional faculty should be chosen to serve on the Master’s Thesis Defense Committee. This committee should consist of three faculty members with graduate faculty standing, and should be identified as the thesis is being prepared.
7. Continuation to PhD
Students who continue to the PhD and have not chosen to receive their M.A. via the methods described above will be awarded the M.A. upon successful completion of the candidacy exam.
8. Progress toward Degree.
Students with GTA appointments will generally take 9 credit hours or three classes each semester and complete the M.A. within three to four semesters.
Students on fellowship must take 12 credits per semester and 6 credits in summer, completing the M.A. within twelve months.
Continuation in the program is contingent upon sufficient progress toward completion. Progress will be reviewed annually in two steps: first, student reviews progress with faculty advisor and/or committee following annual review guidelines; second, the entire graduate faculty meet to review reports from faculty regarding their advisees. . If, at any time during the annual review, advisors or faculty determine that sufficient progress has not been made, the advisor and the student will draft an agreement as to what constitutes sufficient progress to continue in the program for the subsequent semester. Failure to comply with the agreement may result in the student’s discontinuation in the program.
See also Section VI of the Graduate School Handbook: