MA in Humanities

UB Arts Collaboratory and the Center for the Arts opened studios, rehearsal spaces and classroom doors in October 2021 for their "Arts in the Open" event. Students spoke about their work with visitors from UB and the community. Photographer: Meredith Forrest Kulwicki.

MA in Humanities students design individual programs, combining course work in arts and humanities fields such as American Studies, Art, Classics, Comparative Literature, EnglishGlobal Gender Studies, History, Media Study, Music, Philosophy, Romance Languages and Literature, and Theatre and Dance, or choose to integrate one of the above disciplines with a Social or Natural Science.

There are also several formal concentrations within the Humanities IDP degree including Film and Media Study and Disability Studies. Students interested in these concentrations should visit the respective department website for specific program requirements.

The Program: 36 Credit Hours

The specific program of study for each student is determined in consultation with the Director and faculty advisor. Students are required to complete 36 credit hours of graduate level work consisting of:

  • 12 credit hours in an arts or humanities discipline.
  • 12 additional credit hours in an arts, humanities, social or natural science.
  • 6 credit hours of related elective course work.
  • 6 credit hours of project supervision or thesis guidance.

Generally, a maximum of six credit hours of course work offered through a Professional School may be applied to this program. 

The Final Project

The final project – an essay, research problem, exhibition, or recital – offers students an opportunity to demonstrate how their primary discipline was enriched by multiple perspectives.


Questions? Contact Us

For more information on how to create a Master’s degree that addresses your unique needs, complete the online inquiry form and a member of our team will respond. 

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