There are many options available for graduate study within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Currently students may specialize in any one of the many master’s programs, or four doctoral programs.
Master of Arts and Master of Science programs
Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees are designed for the student who wishes to conduct advanced studies in a particular discipline. Generally the programs are flexible enough for students, with the aid of an adviser, to design a program of study that allows them to pursue their particular interest. The requirements of each discipline are listed under the departments that have the M.A./M.S. option available.
Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Science in Teaching programs
In some departments, the Master of Arts in Teaching and the Master of Science in Teaching are intended both for current middle and high school level teachers wishing to complete a graduate degree focused in their content area and for those wishing to mix content courses in a discipline with graduate work in the Graduate School of Education. The specific requirements for each discipline, and whether it is appropriate for current middle or high school level teachers, are listed under the departments for which the M.A.T./M.S.T. option is available. (For the interdisciplinary options see Interdisciplinary Studies: Arts and Letters, Social Science.)
Many departments in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences participate in one or more multi-disciplinary doctoral programs: Earth, Environment, and Society, Systems Science, and Urban Studies. They also offer the doctorate in mathematics education and mathematical sciences. The doctoral degree is for the person who wants the most advanced academic degree, generally with a life-long objective of expanding the scope of knowledge of a specialized field of study. The specific requirements of each available option are listed under the participating departments and programs.