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University of Colorado Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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Degree Requirements

Master of Arts

Degree Requirements


Students are required to complete 33 credits, or eleven three-credit courses, which include one introduction course, one methods courses, five graduate seminars, and four electives. Students may elect to complete a thesis (requires 34 credits) or a substantial writing project.

For students interested in taking MA-level courses using the non-degree option, please visit the non-degree admissions page.

Comprehensive Exams

All students must pass a comprehensive examination at the end of the program.