The MLA Program is a 36 credit hour program (generally 12 courses) in which students enroll in interdisciplinary graduate seminars, select an area of concentration from 18 different disciplines or areas of study and take elective courses. In addition, a student must earn an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better in order to graduate. Upon graduation, each student will have not only focused on an area of his or her primary interest but also completed graduate study beyond his or her area of concentration, thus graduating with an education that encompasses more than one singular specialization.
Seminars: 3 courses (9 credit hours)
Seminars are interdisciplinary graduate courses specifically designed for the MLA Program. Each MLA student must complete 3 seminars (9 credit hours) of his or her choosing. Seminars are structured to provide a graduate community centered on interdisciplinary discussion.
Concentration: 6 courses (18 credit hours)
Each student selects a discipline or area of study in which to concentrate his or her studies. A concentration equals 6 courses (18 credit hours, maximum of 21) in the declared discipline or area of study. A student may choose to pursue a second concentration either simultaneous to the first concentration or return to complete the second concentration after graduating.
Electives: 3 courses (9 credit hours)
A student selects 3 electives (9 credit hours), which may be:
- Any MLA course other than his or her concentration course.
- A seventh concentration course and 2 non-concentration courses.
- Optional thesis or project (6 credit hours). Completion of thesis or project is not a degree requirement.
- Up to 2 graduate courses from either the Cameron School of Business or School of Education.
- Prior to graduation, all MLA students must fulfill the capstone requirement. The capstone may be fulfilled by completing a thesis or project, a substantive research or analytical paper written in a MLMLA seminar, or a written version of a paper presented at a conference.
- Overall grade point average of 3.0 or better.
- All degree requirements to be completed within 10 years of first semester of enrollment.