The typical full-time load is three classes per term or semester. (It is recommended, however, that candidates employed full-time take no more than two courses per semester.) Most coursework is offered at night, on weekends, or through online or hybridized online formats, allowing timely completion of the degree to fit into most work schedules.
A maximum of three classes may be taken during any fall or spring semesters, and a maximum of two can be completed during any given summer session. Candidates wishing to attempt more than the maximum load must receive permission from the Director of the M.A. in Humanities Program in advance of registration.
Graduate students must maintain a 3.00 grade point average. If the GPA falls below 3.00 or a grade of ‘C’ is received in any course, the student will be placed on academic probation. A student may be dismissed from the program if an academic probation extends beyond the completion of three additional course credits, or the student receives two course grades of ‘C’ or lower or one course grade of ’F’ at any time during their graduate studies at Wilson.
All students in the graduate program are subject to the Wilson College Honor Principle, the academic and administrative regulations, and the Wilson College Judicial Process.
Graduation Application and Forms
A student must complete and submit a graduation application to the Registrar by Registration Check-in Day two semesters before the anticipated graduation date. A fee will be assessed for late applications. If a student fails to officially submit a graduation application, s/he will not be eligible for graduation.
On-campus housing is available for qualified students in the program. For more information on housing, please contact the Wilson College Office of Residential Life and Student Development.
Graduate-level independent study work may be allowed under certain circumstances. Anyone wishing to consider independent study work must seek the approval of the Program Director. Independent study work cannot be completed over the January term. For more information, see the Program Director.
Leave of Absence
A leave of absence for a graduate student may not exceed one year. See complete description regarding applying for a leave of absence and termination of a leave of absence in the current college catalog.
Time Limit to Complete Degree
All course work and degree requirements must be completed within six years of taking the first class at Wilson College. Appeals for extension of the six year limit must be submitted in writing to the Director of the Graduate Program.
Undergraduate Enrollment in Graduate Humanities Coursework
undergraduate students may not enroll in a graduate-level Humanities course for any reason except as follows:
- Students in the B.A. / M.A. in the Humanities 3+1 Program may enroll in the two graduate-level courses as outlined above; however, these classes do not count towards completion of the undergraduate degree but instead will count toward the eventual graduate degree.
Education students who are working towards possible certification in ELL may enroll in ENG 511 (as outlined in the proposal for the ELL Certificate) with requisite permissions.
Students who complete undergraduate coursework at Wilson College may not enroll in any course as a graduate student that they did as an undergraduate, even though the number and major area may differ.
Special Graduation Circumstances
- A student who completes her/his degree requirements at the end of the fall semester will have her/his degree conferred on the first day of the January Term. This date will be noted on the official transcript.
- December graduates will participate in and receive their diplomas at the following May’s Commencement and be considered part of May’s graduating class.
- A student who completed her/his degree requirements during the summer will have her/his degree conferred on the first day of the fall semester.
- Summer graduates will participate in and receive their diploma covers at the preceding May’s Commencement and be considered part of May’s graduating class.
- Diplomas will be released to the students in late September.
- A student who has not completed all requirements for graduation must petition the Committee on Academic Procedures by the last day to withdraw from classes to participate in Spring Commencement if more than two course requirements remain to be met.
- Regardless of the number of courses remaining to be completed, the student must submit a written plan to the Registrar outlining how the requirements will be met before the end of the Summer following Spring Commencement. This plan must be signed and approved by the student's academic advisor. The written plan must be submitted by the last day of classes for the Spring semester.
- In the event that a student fails a degree requirement(s) during Spring semester of his/her graduation year, he or she must submit a written plan to the Registrar outlining how the requirement(s) will be met before the end of the Summer following Spring Commencement. This plan must be signed and approved by the student's advisor and must be submitted to the Registrar by June 1st.
In areas not represented here, the M.A. in Humanities Program is governed by the general academic regulations of Wilson College. For more on these regulations, see the current college catalog