The master of arts (MA) degree is an academic degree program that prepares students for work beyond their master's degree. Applicants for this degree program are assigned an academic advisor who assists in selecting the specific program of courses. The program of study is normally arranged at the beginning of the first semester of study.
The MA program has two options:
For details about the MA program application requirements, please see the Graduate School's Application Requirements webpage. Questions about enrolling should be directed to Anne Rasmussen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503.943.8257.
MA Core Requirements – 18 hrs (Option A) or 15 hrs (Option B)
ED 550 Professional Growth and Development (3 hrs)
ED 551 Social and Cultural Foundations (3 hrs)
ED 555 Teacher as Research (3 hrs)
ED 558 Educational Research for Improved Student Learning (3 hrs)
ED 559 Thesis (6 hrs; Option A) -OR- ED 563 Master of Arts Capstone Project (3 hrs; Option B)
MA Emphasis Requirements – 18 hours (Option A) or 21 hours (Option B)
Each student's program emphasis and the corresponding coursework are constructed with the assistance of an academic advisor. The emphasis option coursework may include courses in education and other approved graduate disciplines.
Course descriptions are available in the University of Portland Bulletin.