The Master of Arts degree is a program that enhances students' educational choices for intellectual, professional and personal growth. The MA degree 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 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 explore a range of courses within your designated specialization.

 

Available Specializations

Applied Psychology

You will take a deeper dive into the science of human behavior and how people cope and thrive in the modern world. You’ll study psychological theories and learn to apply them to your own life, taking what you learn to better the world through action. You will also gain a strong relationship with faculty experts in designing your academic experience.

Total No. of Credits: 36*
*Estimation is based on a full course load with no credits transferred. The total credit hours for the MA program will be reduced to 33 effective 8-week-1 of the 2020-21 academic year. Please speak with your counselor for more information regarding this update.

Program requirements may vary based on your individual academic needs. View a sample M.A. with Applied Psychology degree plan for course options.

Communications

Fueling your passion with a Master of Arts degree in Communications will offer you opportunities for self-reflection, critical and creative thinking, community outreach and service learning. You will complete core studies covering graduate transformation and ethics, along with specialization courses in communications dealing with theory and workplace skills. Your capstone will be the culmination of your degree with a comprehensive course or thesis that utilizes the techniques and practical skills you have gained.

Total No. of Credits: 36*
*Estimation is based on a full course load with no credits transferred. The total credit hours for the MA program will be reduced to 33 effective 8-week-1 of the 2020-21 academic year. Please speak with your counselor for more information regarding this update.

Program requirements may vary based on your individual academic needs. View a sample M.A. with Communications degree plan for course options.

Creative Writing

Character development. Short stories. Composition of fiction and nonfiction. Do the elements of all forms of writing attract you? You’ll dive into the foundations of everything from novels to business writing by studying others’ works while learning about the publishing industry.

A Master of Arts with a Specialization in Creative Writing will enhance your understanding of the process of writing, from organizing the narrative to finding publishers and hiring an agent. If you want to study the works of the greatest literary minds to analyze style and execute your own creative form, this master’s degree is for you.

Total No. of Credits: 36*
*Estimation is based on a full course load with no credits transferred. The total credit hours for the MA program will be reduced to 33 effective 8-week-1 of the 2020-21 academic year. Please speak with your counselor for more information regarding this update.

Program requirements may vary based on your individual academic needs. View a sample M.A. with Creative Writing degree plan for course options.

Environmental Studies

Address environmental issues and learn how to preserve our planet for future generations through an MA with a Specialization in Environmental Studies.

You will establish a well-rounded awareness of global sustainability and a deeper understanding of the interdependence between people, planet, and animals. You will study environmental challenges from an interdisciplinary framework that draws on science, philosophy, religion, psychology, and communications, and you will be prepared to participate in future conservation efforts.

In this degree, some coursework may need to be completed through a directed study. This opportunity allows you to design your course with a professor who has expertise in the academic discipline.

Total No. of Credits: 36*
*Estimation is based on a full course load with no credits transferred. The total credit hours for the MA program will be reduced to 33 effective 8-week-1 of the 2020-21 academic year. Please speak with your counselor for more information regarding this update.

Program requirements may vary based on your individual academic needs.

Literature

Are you inspired by the works of American and English literature authors? You will explore the fundamentals of classic novels, non-fiction, plays and poetry, while analyzing these works for their meaning.

You will develop analytical skills and challenge your thought via group discussion sessions with peers and independent review. By placing the novel in its period of time, you will gain a deeper meaning of history and how that piece of writing influenced society around it. Literature has shaped our world through its reflection of humanity. You’ll have a unique opportunity to dive headlong into this key art form.

In this degree, some coursework may need to be completed through a directed study. This opportunity allows you to design your course with a professor who has expertise in the academic discipline.

Total No. of Credits: 36*
*Estimation is based on a full course load with no credits transferred. The total credit hours for the MA program will be reduced to 33 effective 8-week-1 of the 2020-21 academic year. Please speak with your counselor for more information regarding this update.

Program requirements may vary based on your individual academic needs.

Religious Studies

We highlight religious cultures rooted in acceptance and social respect. By pursuing an MA in Religious Studies at Regis University, you will have the opportunity to analyze broad questions about multiculturalism, social justice, passions and ways of life by studying how religions are expressed, perceived and practiced.

We encourage our students to challenge assumptions about religions and religious communities, and to think critically about their own role in the world. Our curriculum expands your thinking and helps you to reflect on important historical and spiritual questions. Our Jesuit approach teaches the importance of service learning on a global and local scale through embodiment of a unified heart and mind.

Total No. of Credits: 36*
*Estimation is based on a full course load with no credits transferred. The total credit hours for the MA program will be reduced to 33 effective 8-week-1 of the 2020-21 academic year. Please speak with your counselor for more information regarding this update.

Program requirements may vary based on your individual academic needs. View a sample M.A. with Religious Studies degree plan for course options.

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

*The total credit hours for the MA program will be reduced to 33 effective 8-week-1 of the 2020-21 academic year. Please speak with your counselor for more information regarding this update.

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.

WHAT CLASS FORMATS ARE AVAILABLE?

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.

WHEN DO CLASSES START?

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

  • January
  • May
  • August

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 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.

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: Mental Health Services, Public Health, Advocacy, and Health Care Consulting

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

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

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

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

Religious Studies: 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
One additional course specific to chosen specialization
Specialization (21 credit hours)

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

  • Applied Psychology
  • Communication
  • Creative Writing
  • Environmental Studies
  • Literature
  • Religious Studies
Capstone Requirements (6 credit hours)
Select one set from the following three sets of courses:
MAPC 694
One additional course within specialization
MA Capstone Comprehensive

MAPC 688
MAPC 696
MA Capstone Planning
MA Capstone
MAPC 697A
MAPC 697B
MA Thesis A
MA Thesis B
TOTAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 36 credit hours

Please note: For official program requirements based on academic year, please refer to the academic catalog.

Download a printable fact sheet with program details.

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
  • 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.

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