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Encyclopedia > Master of Arts (postgraduate)

A Master of Arts is a postgraduate academic master's degree awarded by universities in North America and the United Kingdom (excluding the ancient universities of Scotland and Oxbridge.) The degree is typically studied for in Fine Art, Humanities, Social Science or Theology and can be either fully-taught, reseach based or a combination of the two. Quaternary education or postgraduate education is the fourth-stage educational level which follows the completion of an undergraduate degree at a college or university. ... It has been suggested that part or all of double degree be merged into this article or section. ... A masters degree is an academic degree usually awarded for completion of a postgraduate or graduate course of one to three years in duration. ... A university is an institution of higher education and of research, which grants academic degrees at all levels (bachelor, master, and doctor) in a variety of subjects. ... World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ... The Ancient universities in Scotland comprise The University of St Andrews (founded 1413) The University of Glasgow (1451) The University of Aberdeen (1495) The University of Edinburgh (1583) The University of Dundee (founded 1967, with a history dating back to 1881) shares several organizational features with these four and a... Oxbridge is a portmanteau name for the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, the two oldest in the United Kingdom and the English-speaking universe. ... The term fine art was first attested in 1767, as a translation from the French term beaux arts. ... The examples and perspective in this article may not represent a worldwide view. ... Terms like SOSE (Studies of Society & the Environment) not only refer to social sciences but also studies of the environment. ... Theology is reasoned discourse concerning God (Greek θεος, theos, God, + λογος, logos, word or reason). It can also refer to the study of other religious topics. ...


North America

The Master of Arts (Magister Artium) and Master of Science (Magister ScientiƦ) degrees are the basic type in most subjects and may be entirely course-based, entirely research-based or (more typically) a mixture. A masters degree is an academic degree usually awarded for completion of a postgraduate course of one or two years in duration. ... A masters degree is an academic degree usually awarded for completion of a postgraduate course of one or two years in duration. ...


Admission to a master's program is normally contingent upon holding a bachelor's degree, and progressing to a doctoral program usually requires a master's degree. In some fields or graduate programs, work on a doctorate begins immediately after the bachelors degree. Some programs provide for a joint bachelor's and master's degree after about five years. Some universities use the Latin degree names, and due to the flexibility of Latin word order, Artium Magister (AM) or ScientiƦ Magister (SM) may be used at some schools (in Romance languages adjectives normally follow the noun they are describing). For example, MIT uses the degree abbreviations A.M. and S.M. for its master's degrees. To meet Wikipedias quality standards and appeal to a wider international audience, this article may require cleanup. ... Latin differs from languages like English in that it uses many noun cases which are declined in such a way that they are nearly all different from each other, and even proper nouns such as names are declined. ... The Romance languages, also called Romanic languages or New Latin languages, are a subset of the Italic languages, specifically the descendants of the Latin dialects spoken by the common people in what is known as Latin Europe (Italian/Portuguese/Spanish Europa latina, Catalan Europa llatina, French Europe latine, Romanian Europa...


United Kingdom

The Master of Arts (MA) is awarded in Arts, Humanities, Theology and Social Sciences. However, some universities - particularly those in Scotland - award the Master of Letters (MLitt) Master of Letters to students in the Arts, Humanities, Divinity and Social Sciences. [It should be noted that the MLitt is a research degree at the University of Cambridge, where the Master of Philosphy (MPhil) is the stanadard one-year taught degree.] A masters degree is an academic degree usually awarded for completion of a postgraduate course of one or two years in duration. ... A precise definition of the arts can be contentious, but the following areas of activity are usually included: Art / Visual arts Architecture Crafts Dance Drawing Film Literature Music Painting Photography Pottery Sculpture Theater Unlike art, design focuses less on the aesthetics of a thing and more on the functionality of... The examples and perspective in this article may not represent a worldwide view. ... Theology is reasoned discourse concerning God (Greek θεος, theos, God, + λογος, logos, word or reason). It can also refer to the study of other religious topics. ... The social sciences are a group of academic disciplines that study the human aspects of the world. ... Royal motto: Nemo me impune lacessit (English: No one provokes me with impunity) Scotlands location within the United Kingdom Languages English, Gaelic, Scots Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow First Minister Jack McConnell Area - Total - % water Ranked 2nd UK 78,782 km² 1. ... A Master of Letters (M.Litt. ... A precise definition of the arts can be contentious, but the following areas of activity are usually included: Art / Visual arts Architecture Crafts Dance Drawing Film Literature Music Painting Photography Pottery Sculpture Theater Unlike art, design focuses less on the aesthetics of a thing and more on the functionality of... The examples and perspective in this article may not represent a worldwide view. ... Divinity is the academic study of Christian theology and religious ministry at school, university and seminary. ... The social sciences are a group of academic disciplines that study the human aspects of the world. ... The University of Cambridge is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world, with one of the most selective sets of entry requirements in the United Kingdom. ... A masters degree is an academic degree usually awarded for completion of a postgraduate course of one or two years in duration. ...


The MA is a typically a "taught" postgraduate degree, involving lectures, examination and a short dissertation. Taught masters programmes involve 1 or 2 years of full-time study.


In Law the standard taught degree is the Master of Laws, but certain courses may lead to the award of MA or MLitt. Law (from the Old Norse lagu) in politics and jurisprudence, is a set of rules or norms of conduct which mandate, proscribe or permit specified relationships among people and organizations, intended to provide methods for ensuring the impartial treatment of such people, and provide punishments of/for those who do... The Master of Laws is an advanced law degree that allows someone to specialize in a particular area of law. ...


Until recently, both the undergraduate and postgraduate masters degrees were awarded without grade or class (like the class of an honours degree). Nowadays however, masters degrees are normally classified into the categories of Pass, Merit or Distinction, which tend to require marks of 50%, 60% and 70% respectively. A bachelors degree is usually an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or major that generally lasts three or four years. ...


Undergradute Master of Arts

The degree of Master of Arts degree may be an undergraduate degree. The main cases are those of Scotland (see Master of Arts (Scotland)) and the universities of Oxford and Cambridge (see Master of Arts (Oxbridge)). The practice is a very ancient and rather confusing one, and not always applauded by younger universities. In the case of Oxbridge the B.A. degree is awarded first and can be changed to an M.A. three years later on payment of a modest fee. Royal motto: Nemo me impune lacessit (English: No one provokes me with impunity) Scotlands location within the United Kingdom Languages English, Gaelic, Scots Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow First Minister Jack McConnell Area - Total - % water Ranked 2nd UK 78,782 km² 1. ... A Master of Arts in Scotland is an undergraduate academic degree in humanities and social sciences awarded by the five ancient universities. ... The University of Oxford, located in the city of Oxford, England, is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. ... The University of Cambridge is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world, with one of the most selective sets of entry requirements in the United Kingdom. ... The degree of Master of Arts degree is an undergraduate degree awarded by the universities of Oxford and Cambridge as well as by the University of Dublin. ...



Academic degrees
Associate's degrees (U.S.) AA, ABS, AS
Foundation degrees (U.K.) FdA, FdEd, FdEng, FdMus, FdBus, FdSc, FdTech
Bachelor's degrees AB or BA, BSc or SB, BBus, BCom or BComm, BCS, BEng or BE, BS or BSc, BFA, BCL, LL.B., BM or MB, B.Math, BBA, BChir or ChB, MB or ChB, MA (Oxon), MA (Cantab), MA (Hons)
Master's degrees MA, MS or MSc, MSt, J.D., MALD, MApol, MPhil, MRes, MFA, MTh, MTS, M.Div., MBA, MPA, MSW, MPAff, MLIS, MLitt, MPH, MPM, MPP, MPT, MRE, MTheol, LLM, MEng, MSci, MBio, MChem, MPhys, MMath, MMus, MESci, MGeol, MTCM, MSSc, BCL (Oxon), BPhil (Oxon)
Specialist degrees EdS, B.Acc., C.A.S.
Doctorate degrees PhD, EdD, EngD, DNursSci, DBA, DD, DSc, DLitt, DA, DMA, DMus, DCL, ThD, PharmD, DrPH, DPT, DPhil, DOM, OMD, PsyD, DSW, LL.D, J.S.D., S.J.D.
Law degrees B.A. Law, Juris Doctor, LL.B., LL.M.

 
 

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