Course Requirements

Requirements for the MLA are:

       1. This interdisciplinary degree requires studies in
           various disciplines with the courses and areas 
           being related by the student’s intellectual curiosity
           and needs.

       2. The student must demonstrate appropriate research
           competencies to the satisfaction of the supervisory
           committee, the MLA advisor and the graduate dean.
           Specific courses maybe required to build research
           competencies.

       3. At least 36 hours meeting the general requirements of
           the Graduate School (including at least 50 percent at
           the 600 level) and the following guidelines:
                  a. Two academic divisions: the program must
                       include courses from at least two academic
                      divisions of the university.
                  b. Cluster of courses: 18 hours must reflect
                      a cluster of courses related by theme or topic.
                      The student has considerable freedom in
                      defining a cluster theme or topic.

       4. Single discipline: a maximum of 18 hours may be applied
           from a single discipline. Additional hours within a
           discipline may be taken as electives over and above the
           36 hours required for the degree.

       5. Other areas of interest: 12-15 hours may be related to
           any of the student’s other interests.

       6. Synthesis project: a 3-6 hour project related to the
           cluster area will culminate the degree program. Guided
           by the supervisory committee, this project will
           demonstrate the student’s ability to develop ideas and
           use analytical skills at the masters level.

       7. Comprehensive examination: The student will
           successfully complete a written and/or
           comprehensive oral examination extending the
           synthesis project and relating the course
           workunder the direction of the supervisory committee.
           Unsatisfactory performance mayrequire additional
           course work before another examination may be
           attempted.

Application Deadline:
Fall 2015
  • Aug. 14, 2015

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