Master's Degree Programs
FOR MORE INFORMATION
For further information about the graduate program, contact the graduate program adviser:
NEJS Department, MS 054
Waltham, MA 02454-9110
For help on general questions (e.g., housing, scholarships and the like), see the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences FAQ.
The Joint M.A. with Women's and Gender Studies
Students interested in the joint two-year terminal M.A. degree program with Women's and Gender Studies must first be admitted to the M.A. degree program in NEJS in the regular manner.
Residence Requirement and Program of Study
Ordinarily, two years of full-time residence are required at the normal course rate of seven courses each academic year. Students who enter with graduate credit from other recognized institutions may apply for transfer credit for up to four courses, or, with prior approval of the M.A. advisor, candidates may receive transfer credit for up to four courses at a university abroad.
Courses must include the designated foundational course in women's and gender studies, one course in feminist research methodologies (WMGS 198a or the Feminist Inquiry course offered through the Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies), one women's and gender studies course in NEJS, one women's and gender studies course outside of NEJS, and participation in a year-long noncredit women's and gender studies graduate proseminar. The remaining courses must be jointly approved by each student's NEJS advisor and by the NEJS women's and gender studies advisor.
Students are assigned advisers from the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies department and from the Women's and Gender Studies Program. Students must meet with their advisor(s) regularly, and before enrolling in courses, to assure appropriate course coherency.
All candidates are required to demonstrate proficiency in biblical or modern Hebrew or in Arabic.
Successful completion of one of the following: A comprehensive examination, a culminating project or a master's thesis. If a master's thesis encompasses both a NEJS and a WMGS component, it will satisfy the Joint MA Paper Requirement below.
Joint MA Paper Requirement
Completion of a master's research paper of professional quality and length (normally twenty-five to forty pages) on a topic related to the joint degree. The paper will be read by two faculty members, one of whom is a member of the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies department, and one of whom is a member of the women's and gender studies core or affiliated faculty.