Each student, in consultation with his or her major professor and the M.A. committee, chooses either the thesis or non-thesis plan. Both plans require two years of study.

Thesis Option (Plan 1)

Because most of our master's students obtain the M.A. on their way to earning a Ph.D. degree, they are expected to opt for the thesis option to obtain valuable research experience.

Non-thesis Option (Plan 2)

The non-thesis option is often – although certainly not always – preferred for students who have a change of heart about doctoral studies.

Other Requirements

In addition to the requirements for Plan 1 and Plan 2, students may be subject to other requirements and expectations, as described here.

Sample Plans of Study

Every student will devise a plan of study in consultation the master's degree adviser.