Master of Arts Program

M.A. Program Requirements

Coursework: 30 Credits

Core Distribution Requirements
Topics in Medieval History (HIST 5316), 3 Credits
Medieval Literature Survey (ENGL 5315), 3 Credits

Professional Development
Theory and Teaching of Writing (ENGL 5100), 3 Credits

Balance of Coursework (7 Courses, for 21 Credits)
Major concentration: minimum of 4 courses from one field (course(s) may overlap with core distribution requirements)
Minor concentration: minimum of 3 courses from one field (course(s) may overlap with core distribution requirements)
Minimum of one Visiting Professor course

Latin Requirement

M.A. Written Examination


Core Distribution Requirements: Other courses may be substituted for courses listed above with approval from the Medieval Studies Co-Directors. These courses may count towards major or minor areas.

Professional Development: ENGL 5100 is required if student is a Freshman English Teaching Assistant.

Balance of Coursework: Students must take a minimum of four courses in a single field (major) and a minimum of three courses forming a coherent minor on a thematic or disciplinary basis. Students must also take at least one seminar offered by the Charles Owen, Jr. Visiting Professor (course currently listed as ENGL 6315).

Total: Students must take a total of at least thirty credits to receive their M.A. degree.

Latin Requirement

The Latin requirement can be satisfied in a number of ways:
1) by passing a Latin exam (given in the fifth week of each semester; consisting of a 250-300 word passage; dictionary allowed; to take exam, students must contact the Program Assistant by the third week of the semester)
2) by passing the undergraduate intermediate Latin cycle with a grade of B or better
3) by passing a graduate course in Latin with B or better
4) by attending and passing a certificate-granting summer Latin program through the intermediate level

M.A. Written Examination

Administration of Exam: August after the first year of the M.A.

Material Covered: A core interdisciplinary reading list provided by the Program (viewable here; Adobe Reader needed to view); as well as 2 reading lists based on major and minor concentrations, created in consultation with student’s advisors.

Grading of M.A. Exam: M.A. exams are graded by the Exam Committee. Exams may receive a grade of High Pass, Pass, Low Pass, or Fail. If the exam is failed a second time, the student may be dropped from the M.A. Program at the decision of the Advisory Committee. At the end of the exam, two copies of the “Report on the Final Examination for the Master’s Degree” must be filled out; one copy must be delivered to the Medieval Studies Program Office and one copy to the Graduate School.

Other Information

M.A. Advisory Committee: M.A. work is guided by a Major Advisor and two Associate Advisors. Students register with and should keep in close contact with the Major Advisor throughout their program. Students should annually submit to their Major Advisor the progress of the past year. Forms to change the Major Advisor are available at the Graduate School.

Time Limit: Course requirements for the Master’s degree should be completed within two years, though the Graduate School sets a six-year maximum on completion from the date of initial matriculation. A student must complete at least one course a year until course requirements are fulfilled.

Residence Requirements: There are no residence requirements for the M.A. degree. Coursework is normally taken at Storrs. Transfer of credit up to six course credits from another institution’s graduate program may be accepted toward a Master’s degree at Storrs, provided that such credits are not used to earn a degree at the other institution or elsewhere.

Provisional Status: Students admitted on a Provisional basis will be accorded Regular status upon successful completion of at least twelve credits of appropriate course work. Regular status may be conferred at an earlier stage, if the Major Advisor petitions the Director of Graduate Records, and the petition is accepted. Students doing less than B level work will ordinarily be dropped from the Program.

Application to Receive the Degree

In order to register for degree completion, follow the instructions from the Graduate School for Degree Completion.

In-House Application to the Ph.D. Program

In order to continue to the Ph.D. Program, students must complete the Ph.D. admission process as outlined in the How to Apply page.