Graduate students may pursue the degree of Master of Arts (MA) through either the thesis or comparative research paper track. Both programs require 30 credit hours of graduate-level coursework. Students on either track have substantial flexibility in choosing their courses and will work with the graduate advisor to create a coherent and focused program of study. Thesis and comparative research paper options, admission requirements, coursework and language requirements, and graduate funding are detailed below. Please write (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call the Center (785-864-4213) with any additional questions.
The MA thesis degree is most appropriate as preparation for a doctoral program and dissertation. Students should declare their intention to write a thesis before the end of their first year in the program and form a committee of three faculty members, each of a different discipline. The student will defend the completed thesis in an oral examination before this committee. In order to prepare the thesis a student must enroll in at least 3 credit hours of thesis research and writing (LAA 899). Students may count up to 6 credit hours of LAA 899 toward the 30 graduate credits required for the degree.
Comparative Research Paper
The comparative research paper MA is a terminal degree particularly suitable for a career in the public or private sector. Students take 3 credits of thesis/comparative research paper credit (LAA 899) with their Chair. Only 3 credits of LAA 899 can count towards the comparative research paper MA degree. The culmination of the comparative research paper MA is an oral examination during the last semester of the program.
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