Office of the Registrar
School of Graduate Studies (2013/2014)
7 Regulations Governing the Degree of Master of Arts
  • Professor and Dean of Arts
  • L. Phillips
  • Associate Professor and Associate Dean (Graduate and Research)
  • C. Dyck

The Degree of Master of Arts (M.A.) is offered in Anthropology, Archaeology, Classics, Economics, English Language and Literature, Environmental Policy, Ethnomusicology, Folklore, French Studies, 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.

7.1 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 of Newfoundland, 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:

    1. 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.

    2. the applicant's overall undergraduate record after the first year shows an average of at least grade B in all courses taken, and

    3. 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.)