Professor and Dean of Arts T.M. Murphy
Professor and Associate Dean of Arts J. Black
The degree of Master of Arts is offered in Anthropology, Classics, Economics, English Language and Literature, Folklore, French Language and Literature, Geography, German Language and Literature, History, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies and Sociology.
Applicants are advised to consult, in addition to the regulations governing the degree of Master of Arts, both the general
regulations and the particular regulations of the appropriate Departments.
A) QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADMISSION
B) PROGRAMME OF STUDY AND RESEARCH
D) THESIS OR REPORT
SPECIFIC PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS
1. Admission is limited and competitive. To be considered for admission an applicant shall hold a Bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an institution recognized by the Senate and shall have a knowledge of the proposed field of specialization satisfactory to the Department concerned (or Departments, when interdisciplinary study is intended) and to the Dean.
2. Preference will normally be given to applicants who hold an appropriate Honours degree, either from Memorial University, or from another university whose Honours degree is of comparable standing. Any other applicant who holds a Bachelor's degree or its equivalent will be considered for admission provided that:
a) the applicant's undergraduate record after the first year shows an average of at least grade B in courses in the proposed field of specialization.
b) the applicant's overall undergraduate record after the first year shows an average of at least grade B in all courses taken, and
c) the Department concerned satisfies the Dean that the applicant's work exhibits evidence of academic excellence.
Only in exceptional circumstances, and only on the recommendation of the Department concerned, will the Dean consider applicants who do not meet the requirements in (a) and (b). Such applicants, however, must meet the requirements in (c).
3. An applicant may be required to demonstrate a satisfactory knowledge of the proposed field of study in an examination administered by the Department or Departments.
4. In most cases instruction is in English, and examinations and theses are to be written in English. (Language
Departments, however, give instruction in the pertinent language and often require examinations and theses to be written in
the language. In addition, other Departments may permit or even require examinations and/or theses to be written in a
language other than English).
B) PROGRAMME OF STUDY AND RESEARCH
1. The programme of study for the Master of Arts degree shall consist of the successful completion of a programme of courses and, in accordance with departmental regulations, either of a thesis embodying systematic research or of a Comprehensive Examination.
For programmes requiring 24 credit hours or more, the academic unit may choose not to require a thesis or comprehensive examination.
2. Every candidate shall read at least 12 credit hours in programme courses at the graduate level in one subject or in closely related subjects. Departmental regulations may require more courses than the minimum and this higher number is listed where applicable in the regulations of the Department.
3. Students may, with the approval of the Dean, augment their programme with a limited number of other courses of their choice. Passing grades are not required in these non-programme courses in order to continue in graduate studies or obtain a Master's degree.
However, the final grades in these courses will be recorded on the student's transcripts. The grading system in non-programme courses shall be that appropriate to the particular course.
4. Candidates submitting a thesis on an approved topic shall conduct systematic research under the direction of a Supervisor recommended by the appropriate Department or Departments and approved by the Dean. The candidate may be required to take an oral examination.
5. Changes in either the programme of courses or the topic of the thesis require the approval of the Dean.
6. On the recommendation of the Head of the Department, the Dean may waive, in part, the course requirements for a Master's degree.
7. Application for transfer from the Master of Arts to the Master of Philosophy is to be made to the Dean before the end of the second semester in the case of full-time students, and in the case of part-time students before 18 graduate credit hours have been completed.
8. The Dean may approve an application to transfer from the M.A. to the M.Phil. only when a new integrated programme,
acceptable to the Dean, is submitted.
1. In order to continue in the School of Graduate Studies and in order to qualify for a Master's degree, a candidate shall obtain an A or B grade in each regulation course. Some candidates may be required to read a specified number of additional graduate or undergraduate courses for which a passing grade must be achieved.
2. Students registered for credit shall write their examinations in their graduate courses at a time to be determined by the Dean on the recommendation of the Department.
3. Students registered in undergraduate courses shall satisfy examination requirements in these courses.
4. When, on a basis of consultation with the candidate, the instructors in graduate courses, and the thesis supervisor, the
Head of a Department has determined that the candidate's work has fallen below a satisfactory level, the Head may
recommend to the Dean that the candidate be required to withdraw from the programme.
D) THESIS OR REPORT
See General Regulation J. THESES AND REPORTS
Anthropology Requirements and Courses
Classics Requirements and Courses
Economics Requirements and Courses
English Language and Literature Requirements and Courses
Folklore Requirements and Courses
French Requirements and Courses
Geography Requirements and Courses
German Requirements and Courses
History Requirements and Courses
Linguistics Requirements and Courses
Philosophy Requirements and Courses
Political Science Requirements and Courses
Religious Studies Requirements and Courses
Sociology Requirements and Courses
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