Overview of M.A. Requirements
All M.A. students must complete 27 credit hours, including three required courses (700, 900, and 901, attain basic competence in one foreign language, write an article-length M.A. thesis, and defend it in an oral examination. Students must meet all MA degree requirements by the end of the third semester in residence. In cases that require additional language training or other special circumstances, students and their advisers can petition the DGS for a one-semester extension to complete their MA by the end of the fourth semester. On successfully completing all MA requirements, a committee of three faculty members will recommend that the student become a Ph.D. student.
Note: Unsurprisingly, there is necessary paperwork to complete. Well in advance of the exam, the student should consult with the thesis director on the nature of the examination and secure from the Graduate Coordinator the formal application (available on the Graduate Intranet) to take the exam. The application should be completed via the Graduate Student Intranet at least three weeks prior to the exam. The student should also schedule a room with the Graduate Coordinator once the time and date of defense have been established. The student is responsible for completing the Application for Graduation by the required deadline. You must apply to graduate via Connect Carolina. The deadline for applying to graduate can be found on the Graduate School’s webpage.