Attainment of the M.A. requires mastery of selected historical fields and a demonstrated ability to do research in primary sources in the original languages. The department expects all its M.A. students to locate and classify historical evidence, to interpret that evidence, and to present its synthesis in written and oral forms. Fulfillment of all requirements for the M.A. usually involves two years of full-time study. Students must complete all requirements for the M.A. degree within six years. The six-year period begins with the end of the first semester during which the student has taken work that applies toward meeting the degree requirements.
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