The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Hindu Studies is normally a two-year full-time program of study which provides an in-depth understanding of Hindu principles, practices, traditions, values, diversity, history, philosophy, society, culture, and civilization. It prepares students for doctoral studies, or for vocations in teaching, education, chaplaincy and counseling, administration and leadership, non-profit management, priesthood, social work, fine arts, and the media. Students can access courses offered both by HUA as well as some select Affiliate Partner institutions.
- Typically, 60 Quarter Credit hours, or 40 Semester Credit Hours are required to earn a Master’s Degree
- To earn a Master’s Degree, students will have to take a set of 10 Program “Core Courses” which are required and an additional set of 10 Elective Courses.
- Students are encouraged to specialize in an Area of Study by taking at least 6 courses from one area, to develop deep expertise.
- Eligible students must have a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent 4-years of post-secondary education
- Students may opt to write a mini-thesis to earn 6 Quarter Course Credits as part of their course work
- Special students with prior experience in religious, social work, or community service, may be eligible to participate in a “Thesis Only” Master’s Program.
- This “thesis-Only” option will require the student to write a Thesis over 18 months (or longer) and establish that they have the equivalency of 54 Quarter Credit Hours (i.e. 9 Quarter credit hours per Quarter over 6 Quarters).
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