Design Your M.A. Degree

Regis University’s Master of Arts degree (M.A.) provides an individually designed, multidisciplinary and academically rigorous program for students to plan a course of study unique to their own graduate learning needs.

Note: Some course work may need to be completed through directed study.

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The Master of Arts degree is a student-centered program that enhances students' educational choices for intellectual, professional and personal growth. The M.A. degree is learner-designed and focuses on the achievement of the specific learning objectives and outcomes of each student. Students, with faculty approval, designate an academic specialization that reflects the individualized course of study included in their degree plan.

In addition to the Master of Arts core faculty, the degree program draws professors from many departments throughout Regis University and from experts working within the community. By taking advantage of the strong collaborative relationship you'll experience with Regis faculty, you have the freedom to designate and develop a unique academic plan.

Areas of specialization are individually designed to match your passion. Below are examples of some of the specialization options that are available. Speak to an Admissions Counselor to discuss any other specialization not listed here.

Sample Degree Plans:

What is YOUR passion?

At the College of Contemporary Liberal Studies (CCLS), the spiritual, ethical and social development of the Master of Arts graduate student is of utmost importance. Opportunities for self-reflection, critical and creative thinking, community outreach and service learning are foundational dimensions of this master’s degree. Because of our learner-designed curriculum and array of academic disciplines to choose from, graduates of the Master of Arts from Regis University's CCLS will find their professional and career choices expanded and enhanced.

Total M.A. Degree Requirements: 36 credit hours

  • Core studies requirements: 9 credit hours
  • Specialization courses: 21 credit hours
  • Capstone course requirements: 6 credit hours

Printable Fact Sheet: To download a printable fact sheet with details about required classes, admissions requirements, and start dates, please visit our fact sheet library. Please note: The best source for the most current information is an admissions counselor.

Program Requirements

Core Requirements (9 credit hours)
MAPC 601 Graduate Research
MAPC 602 Ethics and Multiculturalism
MAPC 603 Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies
Specialization (21 credit hours)

Students select existing Regis University graduate courses for which they have met prerequisites or design individualized study courses aligned with their degree plan. All courses must be associated with the student’s approved specialization.

Areas of Specialization are individually designed to match your passion.
Students have created specializations in: 

  • Crime Studies
  • Communication/ Mediation
  • Fine Arts
  • Applied Psychology
  • Religious Studies/ Philosophy
  • Creative Writing/ Literature
  • Environmental Studies

What is YOUR passion?

Capstone Requirements (6 credit hours)
Select 2 classes (6 credit hours) from one of the following three options:
MAPC 688 MA Capstone Planning and MAPC 696 MA Capstone
MAPC 697A MA Thesis A and MAPC 697B MA Thesis B
MAPC 694 MA Capstone Comprehensive and one additional specialization course

Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list above and you should contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for recent changes and updates.

To download a printable fact sheet with program details, click here.

How to Apply

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Materials Needed for Application and Admission

Applicants seeking a master's degree from the College of Contemporary Liberal Studies must possess a baccalaureate degree in any field of study from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university.

Applicants must demonstrate an ability to achieve graduate-level writing through the essay requirement below before admission to the Master of Arts degree program.

  • Complete the online graduate application
  • Application fee: $50.00 non-refundable application fee (waived for Regis University graduates)
  • Submit official degree-bearing transcripts within 30 days of the date of application. Official transcript must reflect a baccalaureate degree awarded from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university. If official transcript is not received within 30 days you will be unable to register for future courses until the transcript is received. A complete file can be reviewed by faculty with a copy of the unofficial degree-bearing transcript from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university. Official transcript must be sent directly from your previously attended schools to the CCLS Admission Office.
  • Current resume
  • Required admissions essay. Please write an essay of 500 to 1000 words responding to the following question: Why do you want to earn a Master’s degree at Regis University in the individualized MA? Please address your career or personal objectives, how the learning modalities of online and independent study match your learning style, and how you plan to deal with any challenges you will face while earning this degree. Instructions to upload your completed essay are included in the online application. 
  • Two online recommendations from colleagues or supervisors who know your work in a professional setting and are able to give specific information about your abilities and potential. The application system will automatically send an email with a link and instructions on how to submit recommendations directly to Regis.
  • Faculty interview may be required, dependent on your application.  A faculty advising appointment after acceptance is required prior to starting classes.
  • Additional admission requirements apply to international students who are non-U.S. citizens
  • Please remember: Applications that are incomplete and/or missing information will NOT be processed.

Applications are due two weeks prior to start date. Visit the academic calendar to view start dates.

*Your application file including all requirements, documents and fees, must be completed by the application deadline.


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