Residence in Master’s Programs

The division’s individual masters programs require a set number of courses, properly distributed, and a master’s paper. The masters program in the Committee on International Relations (CIR), the masters program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LAS), and the Master of Arts Programs in the Social Sciences (MAPSS), require completing nine courses (students may not take more than nine courses). The master’s program in Middle Eastern Studies (MES) requires completing eighteen courses (students may not take more than eighteen courses).

Students are expected to register in each quarter of the academic year, Autumn-Winter-Spring. Students in master’s programs may interrupt their program of study and not register for courses for a maximum of one year (four consecutive quarters, including summer quarter). Students who have not registered for four consecutive quarters will be withdrawn from the program, and must petition to resume studies, subject to approval of the director of the master’s program and the Division’s Dean of Students. The Division will not consider petitions from students more than ten years beyond their last course registration.

Students in master’s program who have not graduated at the end of their final quarter of registration will enter Extended Status for up to four consecutive quarters (including Summer). Extended Status confers no privileges such as registering for courses, borrowing money, loan deferment, access to health insurance or the Student Care Center, and carries no tuition charges. Students in Extended Status are eligible to access the libraries on campus, and borrowing privileges may be purchased for a quarterly fee. Access to university e-mail accounts is maintained in Extended Status.

Students who have not graduated at the end of four quarters of Extended Status will be withdrawn from the program. They must petition to complete their thesis and/or other degree requirements, subject to approval of the director of the master’s program and the Dean of Students of the Social Sciences Division. The Division will not consider petitions from students more than ten years beyond their last course registration.