Masters degrees, commonly known as MA, are postgraduate degrees lasting at least one year and sometimes two years, they are taught degrees normally requiring some actual research. MA is the most common name for a Masters degree and is often used.
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Master of Arts in German and European Studies (MAGES) provides students with an interdisciplinary understanding of Europe, the ability to integrate academic and practical knowledge and expertise in a self-defined area of European affairs; Students acquire valuable skills in oral communication, critical writing, and original (including collaborative) research as well as foreign language training. [+]
The Master of Arts in German and European Studies program is a two-year, full-time, interdisciplinary course of study.
Beginning with a set of required core courses, each of which frames European studies from a particular disciplinary vantage point, students then pursue their own tailored concentrations or an approved graduate certificate through the selection of integrated clusters of electives. Elective courses may be taken at the School of Foreign Service, the School of Business, the Public Policy Institute, the Law Center, and the departments of government, history, and economics.Degree Requirements 48 semester hours, including the 18-credit hour required core curriculum, 6 credits of interdisciplinary electives and 24 credits of free electives Minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) Two foreign language examinations: by completion of the program, students must demonstrate oral proficiency in one European language other than English, and reading ability in a second European language other than English Oral examination Master's Project and participation in the MAGES Colloquium Fall semester exchange program with Hertie School of Governance ... [-]
Master of Arts in Arab Studies (MAAS) educates researchers, practitioners, and activists on the language, history, culture, politics and economics of the contemporary Arab world. [+]
Our renowned Master of Arts in Arab Studies (MAAS) program offers comprehensive interdisciplinary training in the politics, culture, history, economics, and language of the contemporary Arab Middle East and North Africa, as well as rigorous Arabic language training. Students design a program of study that allows them to develop expertise on the pressing issues relevant to the Middle East and North Africa today in one of five concentration areas: Politics, Culture and Society, Development, History, or Women and Gender. In addition to their main concentration, students select options from the full range of courses in Middle East Studies offered at Georgetown. The MAAS program further cultivates an in-depth understanding of the region through the program’s intensive Arabic instruction, which allows our students to reach proficiency level. Students have the unique opportunity to deepen their language skills by opting to take courses taught entirely in Arabic.... [-]
Master of Arts in Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies (MAREES) provides a solid grounding in the languages and cultures of the vast Eurasian, Russian and East European region and interdisciplinary depth in the social sciences. [+]
The Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies (CERES) at Georgetown University offers one of the nation's preeminent Master's degree programs and hosts a rich outreach program of events on the area from central Europe to the Pacific and the Baltic to the Mediterranean, Black and Caspian Seas. Founded in 1959 to prepare scholars who understood the Soviet Union and could analyze its secretive system, the Center has evolved in the wake of the Soviet Union’s demise and today incorporates a variety of scholarly disciplines for the study of this culturally rich region.
With an active program of community outreach, CERES provides a broad and deep understanding of Eurasian, Russian and East European affairs to audiences at Georgetown and throughout the Washington community. In addition, CERES oversees Turkish studies at Georgetown University and hosts several programs with the Institute of Turkish Studies.... [-]
The Elliott School’s Master of Arts in European and Eurasian Studies (EES) provides students with an interdisciplinary approach that is vital for a deep understanding of these important regions. [+]
In the vast geopolitical realm that stretches from the British Isles to Siberia and from the Nordic regions to the Mediterranean, powerful forces are pushing for political, social, and economic change. EU member states and their neighbors confront a host of domestic challenges ranging from economic reform and social diversity to terrorism and separatism. Russia and other members of the Commonwealth of Independent States stand at different points along the path of transition from communism to new political institutions.
A web of political, economic, security and societal connections increasingly links various parts of Europe and Eurasia with one another, as well as with the wider global community. In view of these dynamic interactions, it is essential to study Europe and Eurasia in conjunction with each other. The Elliott School’s Master of Arts in European and Eurasian Studies (EES) provides students with an interdisciplinary approach that is vital for a deep understanding of these important regions. The EES curriculum combines required courses with a variety of electives that allow students to pursue individual professional goals and intellectual interests. This multifaceted program encompasses academic approaches to European and Eurasian affairs and develops practical analytical skills that are essential in the professional world of international affairs.... [-]
The Elliott School’s Master of Arts in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (LAHS) is an interdisciplinary program that helps students develop innovative approaches to the enduring problems and emerging challenges of the hemisphere. [+]
Despite impressive democratization and economic growth within much of Latin America and the Caribbean in recent decades, serious problems such as poverty, inequality, ethnic cleavage, crime, political violence, and illicit drug flows persist; while new issues, including those linked to climate change, resource competition, and natural disasters have emerged. The Elliott School’s Master of Arts in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies (LAHS) is an interdisciplinary program that helps students develop innovative approaches to the enduring problems and emerging challenges of the hemisphere. The program’s design and location facilitate employment at a broad spectrum of organizations based in Washington, DC, as well as elsewhere in the Western Hemisphere.... [-]
The Master of Arts degree in Chinese Language and Culture (CLC) offers students the opportunity to deepen intellectual and cultural understanding of China as well as to learn the Chinese language. It prepares students for careers in various fields such as academia, consulting, government, business, non-profit, or education. [+]
The Master of Arts degree in Chinese Language and Culture (CLC) offers students the opportunity to deepen intellectual and cultural understanding of China as well as to learn the Chinese language. It prepares students for careers in various fields such as academia, consulting, government, business, non-profit, or education.
Being in the heart of the nation’s capital, our program allows students the opportunity to interact with many leading organizations, business headquarters, consulting firms, and government and media agencies based in DC. Students can enrich their learning experiences with additional activities:Visiting the U.S. Capitol, Library of Congress, State Department, World Bank, IMF, Kennedy Center, Smithsonian museums, the Chinese Embassy, and many world famous places in DC. Working with government agencies or non-profit organizations to complete a capstone project or MA thesis on China-related topics Working as a volunteer or an intern to gain professional experience in CCTV-Washington Station, Asia Society, or Asia-related education programs at museums Attending talks, seminars, and conferences at the nearby universities and centers, including GW Sigur Center’s lectures and talks on China and Asia. Building a professional network to support career opportunities. Degree Requirements ... [-]
The Master of Arts in German is housed within the Department of International Literary and Cultural Studies and explores German literary history, literary genres, authors, and cultural contexts. It is designed to prepare students for doctoral work in German or to provide career enhancement for fields such as international business or law, media, and communications, and library science. [+]
The Master of Arts in German is housed within the Department of International Literary and Cultural Studies and explores German literary history, literary genres, authors, and cultural contexts. It is designed to prepare students for doctoral work in German or to provide career enhancement for fields such as international business or law, media, and communications, and library science.
Next to high-level language skills, students will learn about cultural literacy and cross-cultural competency by being introduced to a wide range of both older and contemporary literary works and other cultural information through films and current websites. Students will develop an understanding of cultural developments in the German-speaking countries, their historical contexts, and their relations to other countries outside the German-speaking world, especially to the U.S.... [-]
The M.A. in German with Teaching Licensure is offered by the Department of International Literary and Cultural Studies in conjunction with the Education department and is designed to prepare highly qualified secondary school teachers. [+]
The M.A. in German with Teaching Licensure is offered by the Department of International Literary and Cultural Studies in conjunction with the Education Department and is designed to prepare highly qualified secondary school teachers.
Students in the program will study the literature, history, thought, and contemporary society of German-speaking countries. They will develop both strong language competency and the ability to conduct original research and write graduate-level research papers. Through courses from the Education Department at Tufts, students will also acquire knowledge of pedagogical theory, best practices, current issues in education, and adolescent development.... [-]
The Arabic and Islamic Studies M.A. program at Georgetown seeks to advance knowledge and understanding of classical and modern Islamic thought and to provide an understanding of Arabophone culture and intellectual history in the pre-modern and modern periods. With a special emphasis on Arabic textual traditions, the program offers graduate training in the study of the languages, literature, and thought of the Islamic world, and introduces students to scholarly approaches to the study of Islam. [+]
The Arabic and Islamic Studies M.A. program at Georgetown seeks to advance knowledge and understanding of classical and modern Islamic thought and to provide an understanding of Arabophone culture and intellectual history in the pre-modern and modern periods. With a special emphasis on Arabic textual traditions, the program offers graduate training in the study of the languages, literature, and thought of the Islamic world, and introduces students to scholarly approaches to the study of Islam.
Entering students are required to have Arabic language competence equivalent to at least that attained by the end of the third year of intensive language study in the undergraduate program at Georgetown University. In the first week of their first academic year, students who are non-native Arabic speakers are required to take an Arabic language exam administered by the department.... [-]
The M.A. program in Italian Studies intends to provide students with a broad knowledge of Italian culture from a literary, linguistic, and historical perspective; to offer them a solid grasp of major trends in critical and cultural theories and train them to apply these approaches to specific expressions of Italian culture; to provide students with the methodology and research skills to develop interdisciplinary projects in their courses and in their Master’s theses; to help students obtain high proficiency in oral and written Italian language, both through core and elective courses on campus and through one semester’s matriculation at an Italian university; to help each student acquire or enhance expressive competencies in the domain of Italian culture that he/she intends to select for his/her M.A. specialization. [+]
The M.A. in Italian Studies offers students:A broad in-depth knowledge of Italian culture High proficiency in the Italian language Opportunities for interdisciplinary study Overseas study and cultural immersion Career options in the academic or professional fields
The four-semester, 30-credit program takes into consideration students' different academic and professional goals. It offers two specialization options that revolve around a common core curriculum and culminate with a thesis writing seminar and a Master's thesis.
The first option, focusing on literature and culture, is designed for students seeking the solid academic preparation needed to enter a doctoral program. The second option, with a focus on language pedagogy, addresses either current teachers who seek a graduate degree or those seeking to enter the teaching profession at the secondary level.... [-]
Millersville University Department of English educates graduate students whose refined research, analytical, and writing skills enable them to advance into doctoral programs or other professional endeavors. [+]
Master of Arts and Master of Education in English
Millersville University Department of English educates graduate students whose refined research, analytical, and writing skills enable them to advance into doctoral programs or other professional endeavors. The Millersville English Department offers two graduate degrees, the Master of Arts and the Masters of Education. In addition, the department provides a curriculum that leads to Certification for students who wish to become teachers, but who do not have a degree in education or in English.
The English M.A. program features courses that emphasize the history of literature and language. The English M.Ed. combines courses in language and literature with educational psychology and pedagogy. Students enrolled in either program may enhance their educations with independent study projects and with a master's thesis.... [-]
The Master of Arts in English is designed to provide broad general knowledge of literature and language as well as knowledge of principles and techniques of the field. [+]
The online Master of Arts program in English, offered by the Department of English, is the same as the onsite program with a different mode of delivery (electronic vs. face-to-face). The requirements for the MA online will be the same as for on-campus students. The application process is the same. Admitted MA students may take courses either online or face to face.Program Overview
The Master of Arts in English is designed to provide broad general knowledge of literature and language as well as knowledge of principles and techniques of the field. Through dedicated study and our Professional Development curriculum, we help our students develop and demonstrate essential communication skills. Students seeking the Master of Arts in English must complete 36 semester hours of study, including the following requirements:... [-]
When applying to the program, students will specify as an area of primary concentration either (1) Russia and Eastern Europe, or (2) Central and Western Europe. [+]
European & Russian Studies M.A.Comparative literature; economics; history; political science; law; Slavic languages and literatures; sociology. Graduate Faculty; 30 from various departments participating in the program. Special Requirements for the M.A. DegreeWhen applying to the program, students will specify as an area of primary concentration either (1) Russia and Eastern Europe, or (2) Central and Western Europe. Those wishing to focus on Russia and Eastern Europe will need to demonstrate knowledge of Russian or an Eastern European language; those focusing on Central and Western Europe will need to demonstrate knowledge of one of the appropriate languages. All students must complete sixteen term courses (or their equivalent) in the various fields related to European and Russian studies. Students are required to take courses in at least three of the major disciplines relevant to the program (history, literature, social sciences, and law). One of the sixteen term courses may be taken for audit. For students focusing on Russia and Eastern Europe, two of the sixteen required courses (excluding language courses) must concern the nations of Central and Western Europe. For those focusing on Central and Western Europe, two courses must concern Russia and Eastern Europe. Students may substitute a yearlong course of language study for two terms of graduate coursework. Under this option, the language course may not be taken for audit. Students with previous language preparation may in certain cases receive credit for this work. In all cases, students are required to pass examinations in two European languages (one of which... [-]
The Master of Arts in Modern Language is designed for students wishing to pursue language, culture, and literature work at the graduate level. [+]
The Master of Arts in Modern Language is designed for students wishing to pursue language, culture, and literature work at the graduate level.Credits:
30 creditsProgram Learning Outcomes:
Students in this program are expected to demonstrate:an understanding of different literary approaches and research; an ability to analyze major works of literature in the language in which graduate work will be undertaken; knowledge of topics related to the cultures of the language in which graduate work is undertaken; and competence in the grammar and knowledge of the structure of each language in which graduate work is undertaken. Admissions Requirements:
Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Applicants must also have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.70 on a 4.00 point scale (where A is 4.00), or its equivalent, and good standing (3.00 GPA) in all post-baccalaureate course work. Applicants for this degree program should have a baccalaureate degree with a minimum of 24 credits in preparation for each language in which graduate work will be undertaken. Only Italian or Spanish may be chosen as the language of specialization. With the approval of the advisor, candidates with sufficient backgrounds in a second language may be permitted to include up to two appropriate graduate courses in this language in their programs. The department’s Graduate Studies Committee reserves the right to assess a candidate’s oral and writing proficiency through an oral interview or written sample.... [-]
Marymount’s program prepares students for further advanced study or for careers and enrichment in such fields as secondary school and community college teaching as well as writing, research, and editing in business. [+]
Literature and Language
Marymount's Master of Arts in Literature and Language program deepens students’ understanding of the human condition.
Literary study enhances cultural awareness and aesthetic appreciation, fosters sensitivity and mental suppleness through consideration of multiple viewpoints, and encourages critical thinking by approaching texts from a variety of critical perspectives. Linguistic and rhetorical study heightens understanding of the theoretical, creative, and practical aspects of language and perfects students’ ability to critique and improve their own writing in light of its purpose and audience.
Marymount’s program prepares students for further advanced study or for careers and enrichment in such fields as secondary school and community college teaching as well as writing, research, and editing in business, government, and nonprofit organizations. Qualified individuals who seek intellectual enrichment through stimulating study and ongoing dialogue about topics of human interest may also enroll in the program.... [-]