Special Studies (M.A. or M.S.) - Domestic Students Only
A special studies program at St. Cloud State University offers a unique opportunity to create a master of arts or a master of science degree when our established programs do not meet specific academic needs of a student. A special studies program generally is interdisciplinary and incorporates at least three different areas of study and two or more academic departments. At least one of the departments selected must offer a M.A., M.S., or specialist degree. In consultation with a committee of graduate faculty and a School of Graduate Studies representative, the student can design a special studies program. This opportunity is available to domestic applicants. The opportunity also exists for international applicants if they are already on the SCSU campus.
The emphasis upon a focus is significant, as the special studies program is not designed as a broad based study program, e.g., a graduate program in liberal studies. The program is particularly appropriate for persons who are well established in a professional position and who have formulated education goals designed to further their careers. The special studies format also has proved valuable to recent graduates whose career aspirations are such that a multi-disciplinary program of study having a specific focus seems to be an effective way to achieve these goals.
Admission Information A special studies program is student initiated. It begins with an applicant's review of current program descriptions and requirements in the Graduate Catalog to establish possible interdisciplinary options. Undergraduate GPA is closely reviewed. An emphasis is placed on scholarship within the undergraduate education core and the GPA in the major. Provisional and conditional admission options are not available with this unique graduate program. A self directed program requires applicants of the highest academic caliber. Admission decisions are made as completed application files are received.
Length of Program - Measured by Semesters
The length of the program is designed to typically be completed in three to six semesters dependent on full or part-time status. The total minimum credits required for the program range from 30 to 36 depending on a student’s prior academic experience and the culminating project (A, B, C) that is selected.
Graduate Assistantship Overview
Special studies students are eligible to apply and compete for graduate assistantships across the campus. Like all graduate assistants, to qualify you must attend full time and on campus. Twenty-hour a week assistantships pay $10,000 for the academic year. Additionally, GA's employed 20 hours a week are eligible for a tuition waiver that covers up to and including eight graduate credits, per semester for the academic year.
Facts & Figures
Financial Aid: No
International Financial Aid: No
Classification: Master's College or University I
Locale: Small City
Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999