Future Graduate Students

The College of Arts & Letters prepares transformative scholars in the Arts & Humanities. We aim to lead the world in providing inclusive, global, digital, and interdisciplinary graduate education in the Arts & Humanities.

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Transformative scholars drive progressive change in their organizations through work that is inclusive, global, engaged, interdisciplinary, and digital. If you want to see the future of higher education in the Arts & Humanities, look to MSU.
– ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR GRADUATE EDUCATION BILL HART-DAVIDSON
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Engaging: Graduate Education

We are preparing the next generation of faculty who will transform higher education for the greater good through engaged scholarship and teaching that is responsive to the grand challenges of our 21st century world. Visit http://sites.cal.msu.edu/deansreport/.

The Arts & Letters Difference

  • Outperforming national averages in key metrics such as time to degree and graduate placement. 
  • Student-Centered, offering full funding to our terminal degree students for 3-5 years paired with rich mentoring and professional development support.
  • Diverse, with a demographic profile that matches the U.S. national percentages.
  • Small & agile, with an average terminal degree yearly cohort size of less than five students.
  • Producing the next generation of leaders in the arts & humanities; a group that will positively impact the lives of millions of students to come.
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Julio Cesar Paredes
PhD Candidate
Department of Romance and Classical Studies

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Kristen Franyutti
MFA Candidate
Department of Art, Art History, and Design

About Our Programs

  • A rich curriculum that includes significant faculty engagement and innovative co-mentoring experiences.
  • Graduate assistantships and fellowship funding to students throughout the degree period and supplemental research/professional support.
  • A strong, focused program mission tied to innovative research in their disciplines.
  • Graduate students with PhDs in less than 5 years and MFAs in 3 years.
  • Place 100% of graduates.
  • Recruit diverse cohorts.
  • Attract internationally competitive students who earn university fellowships at an accelerated rate.

Master's Programs

African American and African Studies

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Arts & Cultural Management

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Critical Studies in Literacy and Pedagogy 

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Digital Rhetoric and Professional Writing

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Foreign Language Policy

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French

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German Studies

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Hispanic Literatures

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Linguistics

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Literature in English

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Spanish as a Second or Bilingual Language 

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Studio Art

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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

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Theatre

PhD Programs

African American and African Studies

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English

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French, Language and Literature

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German Studies

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Hispanic Cultural Studies

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Linguistics

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Philosophy

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Rhetoric and Writing

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Second Language Studies

Master's Programs

CALaaas
African American and African Studies
a silver abstract building
Arts & Cultural Management
a row of books
Critical Studies in Literacy and Pedagogy
a keyboard and a neon sign of a book
Digital Rhetoric and Professional Writing
a lamp post with purple flowers around it
Foreign Language Policy
a bridge and a body of water
French
architecture at night
German Studies
city street
Hispanic Literatures
a graphic of different languages laid out on a piece of paper
Linguistics
graphic of a book, a roll of film and words representing English
Literature in English
city street
Spanish as a Second or Bilingual Language 
a woman with blonde hair painting a picture
Studio Art
a globe
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
a group of people in costumes giving a performance
Theatre

PhD Programs

CALaaas
African American and African Studies
graphic of a book, a roll of film and words representing English
English
a bridge and a body of water
French, Language and Literature
architecture at night
German Studies
city street
Hispanic Cultural Studies
a graphic of different languages laid out on a piece of paper
Linguistics
someone holding a glass globe of the world
Philosophy
a keyboard and a neon sign of a book
Rhetoric and Professional Writing
a globe
Second Language Studies