Medieval Studies (M.A.)

The master's degree appeals to those interested in a broader spectrum of medieval subjects than is available within a specific discipline. Its 30-credit requirement allows the serious student to complete course work in one year of full-time study. The curriculum for the master of arts degree comprises courses designed especially for the program, as well as a wide variety of offerings in the graduate wings of participating departments.

CIP Code

30.1301 - Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

You can use the CIP code to learn more about career paths associated with this field of study and, for international students, possible post-graduation visa extensions. Learn more about CIP codes and other information resources.

All courses taken must be graduate-level courses, or 5000+. Please consult your academic advisor to assist with course selection.

Course Title Credits
Medieval Studies
Two courses with the MVST prefix 1
Medieval History
One course with the HIST prefix and MVSG attribute 1
Two courses in a first concentration area 2
Two courses in a second concentration area 2
Medieval Studies Elective
Three additional courses 1
One of the following: 3
Master's Comprehensive Examination-Medieval Studies
Research Paper
Total Credits0

A list of graduate-level classes with the MVST subject code or MVSG attribute code can be found on our department page.


Concentrations can be disciplinary, or coming from the same subject code, or they can be thematic, or two courses from different departments on the same subject. Please consult your advisor for previously used combinations, and to choose what is best for you.


Those electing to pass the examination must have given evidence in a graduate-level course of their ability to write a developed paper.