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Requirements for the MA in Humanistic Studies

The MA in Humanistic Studies is aimed both at Seniors from across the University who seek to deepen their education by way of interdisciplinary study in literature, philosophy, and religion during an added fifth year of study as well as at students who graduated elsewhere and who consider pursuing graduate studies in intellectual history or comparative literature here or at other universities.

This terminal MA consists of eight courses over two semesters and a MA thesis with directed study during the summer months. The program places an emphasis on elaborating an individualized curriculum and on close collaboration with Humanities Center faculty in the writing of the thesis. Students accepted into the program from within Johns Hopkins benefit from a tuition reduction.

The coursework will follow the following template:

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Graduate SeminarGraduate Seminar
Graduate SeminarGraduate Seminar
Graduate SeminarGraduate Seminar
Master’s ColloquiumHumanities Thesis Seminar

Summer Semester

Directed Thesis Study
Thesis Writing


For further information on the MA in Humanistic Studies, please contact Prof. Marrati.

To apply online, follow this link, and submit the following documents:

Statement of purpose
Three letters of recommendation
Sample of work
Supplementary Application Form
GRE scores and subject (optional)
TOEFL/IELTS scores (if applicable)

If you have questions, please contact Marva Philip, Senior Administrative Coordinator, 410-516-7619, The application deadline for the 2018–2019 academic year is January 15, 2018.

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