SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES

REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF ARTS AND SPECIFIC PROGRAMME REGULATIONS

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, Geography, German, 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

C) EVALUATION

D) THESIS OR REPORT

SPECIFIC PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS


A) QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADMISSION

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.

C) EVALUATION

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


SPECIFIC PROGRAMME REQUIREMENTS

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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