M.A. candidates are expected to specialize in at least two fields of study, and the comprehensive examination will be based on those fields. There are a minimum of specific requirements and prerequisites, permitting the student, in consultation with an advisor, to devise a program which best meets the student's needs and interests.
The M.A. must be taken with a thesis. Prior to the completion of 18 graduate hours, each M.A. candidate in the Department of History, Humanities, Philosophy and Political Science must present a prospectus of his/her proposed thesis to the graduate faculty of the department. This prospectus should include the specific topic for the proposed thesis, the methodological approach,
a tentative outline, and a preliminary bibliography clearly indicating the primary and secondary source materials that will be utilized. No M.A. candidate will be permitted to enroll in Hist 33-699 Thesis until the graduate faculty has approved the prospectus and a Master's Thesis Committee has been appointed.
Northwest is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Northwest has been an AQIP institution since 2005, and served as a pilot institution in the development of AQIP in the late 1990s.
In addition to being accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Northwest programs are accredited by:
• Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs(ACBSP)
• Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
• Council for the Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism& Related Professions (COAPRT)
• Council for the Accreditation of the American Association ofFamily and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)
• Missouri State Board of Education
• National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
• National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
• National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)