The M.A. program consists of:
- the equivalent of four session-length or eight term-length graduate courses, or
- the equivalent of two session-length or four term-length graduate courses plus a thesis of normally 60 pages (roughly 15,000 words).
One of these courses may be taken outside the department. The M.A. program is designed to be completed within twelve months. Most students who enter the program in September will, therefore, have to register for the next summer term, beginning in May.