Requirements


The MA in Modern European Studies requires 30 graduate-level credits. Use the Modern European Studies Checklist to track your degree progress. Students who entered in fall 2013 or earlier and have not elected the current requirements should click here for their requirements.

The 30 graduate-level credits must include:

  • The two-semester European Studies Colloquium (8 credits)
  • A four-course concentration in humanities or social sciences (usually 12 credits)
  • Two electives (usually 6 credits)
  • An MA thesis (usually 4 credits)

The six courses taken to fulfill the concentration or as electives must include:

  • One course with Europe-wide scope or on European relations with other regions
  • Courses on at least two different European countries or subregions
  • At least two seminars or colloquia

In addition, students must demonstrate advanced proficiency in a European language other than English by the time of submitting the thesis, by passing an exam or completing a 3000-level language course.

Please contact the department of the language you wish to take the exam in.

For Spanish, please visit this website to find the set exam dates.

The humanities concentration consists of courses in architecture, art history, film, history, literature, music, philosophy, religion, and theater arts. The social science concentration can be fulfilled by courses in anthropology, economics, law, history, international and public affairs, political science, and sociology.

All courses must be at the 4000 level or higher, and be approved by the Program Director. A list of pre-approved courses may be found here. Some 3000-level history courses may be taken for graduate credit as HIST G6999. Students may take up to two courses not specifically on Europe provided the final course project is on a European topic. Students may receive credit for some courses taken through New York University’s Center for European and Mediterranean Studies. Contact the Program Director about taking classes at NYU.

One 4000-level language course may count toward the 30-credit requirement. Lower-level language courses are not eligible. Courses taken pass/fail or for R credit (auditing) cannot count toward the requirements.

Maintaining Good Academic Standing

All students must maintain good academic standing to remain in the Modern European Studies program. Requirements for good standing include:

  • Maintaining a Grade Point Average of 3.2 or higher in every semester
  • Resolving all Incomplete grades no later than 30 days after the end of exams (with the exception of the thesis course).
  • Making steady progress toward creating a disciplinary concentration and meeting requirements for the geographical distribution of courses
  • Identifying a thesis topic and a member of the faculty willing to serve as your advisor

Policy on Incompletes: Unless they receive explicit permission from the Program Director, students must submit to the instructor all work to resolve grades of Incomplete no later than 30 days after the end of exams for the semester in question. This policy supersedes that of the Graduate School (with the exception of the thesis course).

Continuous enrollment: Students must maintain continuous enrollment unless the Graduate School grants a leave of absence. Students must complete all requirements for the degree within five years.

The MA in Modern European Studies requires 30 graduate-level credits. Use the Modern European Studies Checklist to track your degree progress. Students who entered in fall 2013 or earlier and have not elected the current requirements should click here for their requirements.

The 30 graduate-level credits must include:

  • The two-semester European Studies Colloquium (8 credits)
  • A four-course concentration in humanities or social sciences (usually 12 credits)
  • Two electives (usually 6 credits)
  • An MA thesis (usually 4 credits)

The six courses taken to fulfill the concentration or as electives must include:

  • One course with Europe-wide scope or on European relations with other regions
  • Courses on at least two different European countries or subregions
  • At least two seminars or colloquia

In addition, students must demonstrate advanced proficiency in a European language other than English by the time of submitting the thesis, by passing an exam or completing a 3000-level language course.

Please contact the department of the language you wish to take the exam in.

For Spanish, please visit this website to find the set exam dates.

The humanities concentration consists of courses in architecture, art history, film, history, literature, music, philosophy, religion, and theater arts. The social science concentration can be fulfilled by courses in anthropology, economics, law, history, international and public affairs, political science, and sociology.

All courses must be at the 4000 level or higher, and be approved by the Program Director. A list of pre-approved courses may be found here. Some 3000-level history courses may be taken for graduate credit as HIST G6999. Students may take up to two courses not specifically on Europe provided the final course project is on a European topic. Students may receive credit for some courses taken through New York University’s Center for European and Mediterranean Studies. Contact the Program Director about taking classes at NYU.

One 4000-level language course may count toward the 30-credit requirement. Lower-level language courses are not eligible. Courses taken pass/fail or for R credit (auditing) cannot count toward the requirements.

Maintaining Good Academic Standing

All students must maintain good academic standing to remain in the Modern European Studies program. Requirements for good standing include:

  • Maintaining a Grade Point Average of 3.2 or higher in every semester
  • Resolving all Incomplete grades no later than 30 days after the end of exams (with the exception of the thesis course).
  • Making steady progress toward creating a disciplinary concentration and meeting requirements for the geographical distribution of courses
  • Identifying a thesis topic and a member of the faculty willing to serve as your advisor

Policy on Incompletes: Unless they receive explicit permission from the Program Director, students must submit to the instructor all work to resolve grades of Incomplete no later than 30 days after the end of exams for the semester in question. This policy supersedes that of the Graduate School (with the exception of the thesis course).

Continuous enrollment: Students must maintain continuous enrollment unless the Graduate School grants a leave of absence. Students must complete all requirements for the degree within five years.

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