Credit Requirements

The program offers two plans (A and B, below) for completing the MA degree. Although a minor is not required, students may elect to include a minor field of specialization, which must be approved by the student’s A-E committee. The minor may be in a different department, or it may be in another language section of this department. The minor department has the responsibility of approving the student’s minor program. TAs with a minor outside the department must plan their programs of study carefully, taking into account that, to remain eligible for an assistantship, a minimum of 6 graduate credits in courses offered by this department are required each semester (see Assistantship & Responsibilities).

A maximum of 3 credits of satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) grades may be applied toward the MA degree. No graduate credit is allowed for correspondence study completed at another university. Graduate credits earned through extension courses are not accepted for transfer credit. Graduate special or transfer credits (a combined maximum of 9) from another institution must be approved by the student’s A-E committee and by Admissions and Records. A student may enroll in courses offered by other departments, but only graduate credits from courses specifically approved by the student’s A-E committee will be applied toward meeting degree requirements.

Plan A (thesis)

If no minor is included, this program of study requires the satisfactory completion of 24 credits of acceptable graduate courses and a 6-credit thesis, for a total of 30 credits, as well as satisfactorily completing the language requirement and the comprehensive written and final oral examinations. At least 21 of the 30 credits must be earned in on-campus courses at this university. At least 18 (including thesis credits) of the 30 credits must be at the 700 level.

If a minor is included, at least 12 of the 24 graduate credits (as well as the 6 thesis credits) must be in the major field of study, with at least 6 credits in the minor field.

Thesis Regulations (Plan A Students Only)                                           

Students who elect Plan A must have an outline of the thesis approved by the A-E committee. Following this approval, the student is expected to complete the thesis in a manner satisfactory to the committee. Permission for off-campus work on the thesis must be approved by the A-E committee and by the graduate dean. Thesis courses are not graded and not counted in GPA calculations. After the thesis is completed, defended, and accepted by the A-E committee and the graduate dean, non-letter grade credit is posted to the student’s academic record.

The deadline for submission of the thesis in final form is one week before the close of the semester. The graduate dean makes final approval of the thesis.

Together with the thesis, the student must submit an abstract not exceeding 150 words in length. Please contact the graduate school for other thesis requirements, deadlines, guidelines on thesis format, and copies required.

Plan B (non-thesis)


If no minor is included, this program of study requires the satisfactory completion of 32 credits of acceptable graduate courses, as well as satisfactorily completing the language requirement and the comprehensive written and final oral examinations. At least 23 of the 32 credits must be earned in on-campus courses at this university. At least 15 of the 32 credits must be taken at the 700-level.

If a minor is included, at least 15 of the 32 graduate credits must be in the major field of study, with at least 8 credits in the minor field.

Students may elect to pursue two MA programs. These students must be formally admitted to both programs. Two separate A-E committees with different chairs are required, with no more than one graduate faculty member belonging to both committees. A maximum of 9 graduate credits earned in one MA program may be applied toward the second MA degree.