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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. See the PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS tab for review of all specializations offered through this program.

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

IS REGIS’ Master of Arts program ACCREDITED?

Regis University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of six regional higher education institutional accreditors in the United States.


The MA degree classes are offered evenings in classrooms or 100 percent online. Classes are offered in an 8-week accelerated format. This program cannot be completed 100% on campus. Most of our students pursue the program in a hybrid (online and on campus) format or 100% online.


Courses are offered in 8-week terms that begin in:

  • January
  • May
  • August

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.

Career Opportunities

What career can I enter with a Master of Arts degree?

With an MA degree, you’ll be prepared for a variety of roles across industries. Examples of career opportunities within the various specializations include, but are not limited to:

Applied Psychology specialization: Mental Health Services, Public Health, Advocacy, and Health Care Consulting

Communications specialization: Public Relations, Communications Manager, Teaching (Community Colleges or Universities), and Mediator

Creative Writing/Literature specialization: Writers/authors, Teaching (Community Colleges or Universities), Public Relations, Social Media Specialist, Copywriter

Environmental Studies specialization: Government/Nonprofit Conservation Work, Environmental Writer, Environmental Educator, Teaching (Community Colleges or Universities)

Religion specialization: Government/Nonprofit Work, Teaching (Community Colleges or Universities), Writer/Editor, Religious Educator/Ministry work.

Career Support from Regis

The Center for Career and Professional Development at Regis provides you with the resources, training and advice to help you establish and meet your career goals. That means we’ll help you choose an academic major, explore and find a new career path or create the tools for a successful job search that will promote your career. To learn more, visit our Center for Career and Professional Development page.

Program Requirements

Core Requirements (9 credit hours)
MAPC 601 Graduate Transformation I
MAPC 602 Ethics and Multiculturalism
MAPC 603 Graduate Transformation II
Specialization (21 credit hours)

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

Areas of Specialization are designed to match your passion. Choose one area of specialization in consultation with your advisor.

  • Applied Psychology
  • Communication
  • Creative Writing/Literature
  • Environmental Studies
  • Religious Studies

What is YOUR passion?

Capstone Requirements (6 credit hours)
Select one set from the following three sets of courses:
MAPC 694 MA Capstone Comprehensive and
an additional specialization course
MAPC 688
MAPC 696
MA Capstone Planning
MA Capstone
MA Thesis A
MA Thesis B

How to Apply

Take the next step in your Regis experience and connect with a Regis admissions counselor for information and assistance.

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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
  • Submit official degree-bearing transcripts. 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 of starting classes, 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 Office of Admissions.
  • Current resume
  • Required admissions essay 
  • 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.  Some classes are only offered online and not provided as campus-based classes.  It is not possible to pursue this program 100% on campus, as a majority of the courses are offered primarily online only.
  • Please remember: Applications that are incomplete and/or missing information will NOT be processed.

Applications are due two weeks prior to start date and you are encouraged to apply at least 4-6 weeks in advance to ensure class availability. Visit the academic calendar to view start dates.

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

Visit our Cost of Tuition page to see the tuition and fee schedule.