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Master of Humanities

Degree program admission is based on the following criteria:

  1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning. If the degree was not received in a traditional humanities field, the student will be required to meet with the Director of the M.A. in Humanities program before admission can be granted. Furthermore, insufficient background in the Humanities may result in the student being required to take selected undergraduate coursework in the Humanities prior to admission being granted into the program.
  2. A minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Completion of an application for admission into the M.A. in Humanities program.
  4. Two letters of recommendation from faculty familiar with the student’s academic work within a traditional humanities field or one approved by the Program Director. In situations where a student has been away from academic study for ten years or more, he/she should consult the Program Director to identify who could best recommend the student for admission into the program.
  5. Non-native speakers of English who did not graduate from an English-speaking institution of higher learning will be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. Candidates will be required to submit TOEFL scores of 570 (paper-based) or 88 (internet-based) or higher, or an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher.
  6. Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate colleges and universities.
  7. A fifteen to twenty page writing sample representative of work in a traditional humanities field.
  8. A resume or curriculum vita.
  9. $35 non-refundable application fee.
  10. Personal interview with the Director of the M.A. in Humanities program may be required of any student.

Enrollment of Non-Degree Students in M.A. in Humanities courses
Non-degree students may enroll in any course for which they have the necessary prerequisites with the approval of the Director of the Program. A student must be formally admitted to the Program prior to enrolling in the fourth course in order for the prior coursework to count towards the degree.

Provisional Status
Provisional status allows a student to enroll in graduate classes in order to qualify for admission to the degree program. A student may be granted provisional status by the Program Director after a plan of action is developed which will assist the student to meet the entrance requirements of the program.

If a student is granted provisional status, the student must first satisfactorily complete the educational plan approved by the program director with a GPA of 3.0 or higher before being officially admitted to the program.

Transfer Credits

At the discretion of the Program Director, no more than two courses may be transferred into the M.A. in Humanities program. For a course to transfer, the grade in the course must be 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale and the subject area, goals, and outcomes must be similar to that of courses designed for the M.A. in Humanities program. Students may be required to present supporting materials (such as a syllabus, assignments, etc.) beyond an official transcript when transferring in a class

 

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Below you can find answers for some of the most common questions regarding the M.A. in Humanities and/or 3+1 program at Wilson College. If you have a question that is not answered here, please contact the Program Director.

FAQ

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I have a job and can’t attend classes during the day. Can I still complete the degree?

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Absolutely! Most courses in the M.A. in Humanities degree are offered at nights, during weekends, or through online formats. A student who can only attend courses during those time periods can graduate as quickly as any other.

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I can only attend classes during the day—and not on weekends. Will that impede my progress in the program?

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I’m afraid some of the required courses are offered only at night. Students must be available to take some night classes as part of the degree.

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How many courses can I take in one semester as part of the program?

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You may take a maximum of three courses in any Fall or Spring semester while you are completing the M.A. degree. Three courses is equivalent to full-time study for graduate study. Students can petition the Program Director to take more than three courses, but permission will only be given under exceptional circumstances. Students may only take one graduate-level course during Wilson’s summer sessions. The program does not offer courses during the January term.

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Why doesn’t Wilson offer graduate courses during the J-term? I’d like to get one done quickly.

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The three-week, intensive format the J-term offers is not conducive to graduate study. The program will not be offering classes in that time period.

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I did not graduate with a 3.0 or higher—can I qualify for the degree in another way?

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Yes. While the College recommends a minimum 3.0 GPA for entrance into the MA, the degree also has a provisional status that allows a student to enroll in graduate classes in order to qualify for admission to the degree program. A student may be granted provisional status by the Program Director after a plan of action is developed which will assist the student to meet the entrance requirements of the program. If a student is granted provisional status, the student must first satisfactorily complete the educational plan approved by the program director with a GPA of 3.0 or higher before being officially admitted to the program.

Q

I see a course listing in French or Spanish—but I’ve never studied those languages!

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Graduate course offerings in French Humanities or Spanish Humanities are offered in translation—meaning that they are open to any student who is matriculated in the graduate program. Prior knowledge of the language and culture are certainly helpful in these classes, but the texts will be studied in English, not the original language.

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Okay, I want to attend full-time. How much is the rate of full-time graduate tuition at Wilson?

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Wilson does not have a full-time rate for graduate study. Students are charged per course, whether they take one, two, or three courses in any given semester. To learn what the current charge per course at Wilson College is, please contact the Wilson College Office of Financial Aid.

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Is the 3+1 Program for undergraduates really less expensive than attending four years of study at the college and completing just a Bachelor’s degree?

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It may seem odd, but it is actually true. The 3+1 Program costs less than the regular, four-year undergraduate degree. For example, the cost of full-time tuition for four years of undergraduate study at Wilson College, using the rates for the 2011-2012 school year, is $105,480 (prior to any scholarships or discounts being added to undergraduate tuition cost.) Yet the cost of full-time tuition and attendance for four years of undergraduate and graduate study at Wilson College in the B.A. / M.A. in Humanities 3+1 Program for the same rates is only $95,190 (prior to any scholarships or discounts being added to undergraduate and graduate tuition cost.) This represents a savings of $10,290.

How can this be? This is because in the final year of study, the graduate year, the student will only be charged a per course fee. This represents a significant savings during the course of four years.

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Will I be assigned an advisor for my degree?

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Yes. All M.A. in Humanities students are advised by the Program Director.

Q

The Spring semester is coming up—can I enroll then? Or do I have to wait until Fall?

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There is no need to wait for the Fall semester to enroll. Students may enroll in any semester graduate coursework is offered. However, all students are required to take HUM 510: Materials and Methods of Research in the Humanities during their first Fall semester.

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What do I do with my M.A. in Humanities degree?

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This degree is designed to be quite versatile to meet individual students’ needs. Some students will move on to advanced degrees in selected fields, including Ph.D.s and M.F.A. degrees. Other students will move into the workforce in a field that will appreciate the skills and knowledge obtained through the program. For more on where this degree may take you, see the “Beyond the M.A.” section in this packet.

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What is the deadline for application?

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Wilson has a rolling admissions deadline—meaning that students can apply for the MA at anytime during the year and begin work on the degree in the next available semester.

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What financial aid is available for students in the M.A. in Humanities Program?

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Students in the M.A. in Humanities Program are eligible to apply for Wilson College Graduate Assistantships and/or federal student loans. For more information on applying for a Graduate Assistantship, please see the Tab marked “Graduate Assistantships” on the main M.A. in Humanities page. For more information on obtaining loans for graduate study, please contact the Wilson College Office of Financial Aid

Do you have a question not answered here? Contact the Program Director, Dr. Michael G. Cornelius, at mcornelius@wilson.edu.