MA (Thesis)


  • Six courses at the graduate level
  • Proseminar A
  • FGSR Ethics Requirement
  • Professional Development Requirement
  • Language Requirement (for students admitted before Sept. 2017)
  • MA Thesis Proposal and Constitution of Supervisory Committee
  • MA Thesis
  • Examining Committee and Oral Defence of the Thesis


Please see our graduate course descriptions.

MA students can take up to 2 courses in another department or at another institution, with permission from the Associate Chair, Graduate Studies. Please contact the department that offers the course for further information.


Enrollment in all EFS Graduate Seminars must be requested through the office of the Graduate Program Administrator. EFS students will have priority in enrolling in these classes. They will be asked to submit a list of their preferences to the Graduate Program Administrator. The Graduate Chair will make decisions about priority for enrollment in classes that are over-subscribed. If there is room in an EFS graduate class after all EFS graduate students have enrolled, non-EFS students may ask for permission to enroll.

Course Expectations:

General practice in the Department regarding workload on average takes the following form for a half-year graduate course: 15-20 pages of written work, the equivalent of one or two 20-30 minute oral presentations, and weekly reading assignments roughly equivalent to a 200-page novel and one or two critical or theoretical readings (scholarly articles, chapters of books, etc.), in addition to independent research by individual students. Final projects for graduate classes should be due no sooner than one week after the final class meeting.


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