Masters of Arts Degree

Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH)

The University of Chicago offers Master's level study through the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities (MAPH).  MAPH offers a one-year program and a two-year language focused program. In both programs, students build their own curriculum with graduate-level courses in any humanities department (including Germanic Studies) and complete a thesis with their chosen University of Chicago faculty adviser. The Two-Year Language Option allows MAPH students to further master their chosen language.

Masters of Arts in Linguistics

Students in the PhD program will be awarded the MA in Linguistics upon satisfaction of the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of eight foundational courses.
  • Successful completion of one of the two language requirements.
  • Successful completion of a MA paper. Students in the PhD program who wish to obtain a MA may request that a passed qualifying paper be accepted as the MA paper.

Students who have fulfilled the requirements can contact the Department Administrator to begin the process of applying for the transitional MA. 

Note: the MA is not automatically awarded but must be explicitly requested.