The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences initiated a review of its terminal Master’s degree (M.A. and M.S.) programs in Spring 2012, following its 2011 review of doctoral programs. Our objective was to understand the academic purpose and organization of Master’s programs and to evaluate how they meet the needs of students. We planned to use the information gathered during the review to determine how to support Master’s programs most effectively.
Overview of Master’s Programs
The Graduate School currently administers twenty terminal Master’s programs (cf. sixty-one Ph.D. programs) offering the M.A. or M.S. degree (see Table A, p. A2, Appendix). In addition, eleven of Yale’s twelve professional schools administer separate Master’s programs (e.g., M.B.A., M.F.A., M.Div.), which are not the subject of this review. English and History appear to be the oldest of the Graduate School’s Master’s programs, as the M.A. requirements in these subjects described in the 1919- 20 Graduate School Bulletin are the earliest such requirements recorded in that publication. (Earlier Bulletins, beginning with the first in 1906-07, indicate that the Graduate School awarded unspecified M.A. and M.S. degrees, and that the first of these were awarded in 1874 and 1897, respectively.) A number of Master’s programs of this and later vintages are no longer in existence, including Germanic Languages & Literatures, Mathematics, and Urban Education Studies. The two youngest Master’s programs, Applied Physics and Computational Biology & Bioinformatics, were formed only within the last decade.
The Review Process
The text to this point is a summary; the full description of these programs is available as a file in PDF format.