Special Studies (M.S., M.A.)

Special Studies (M.S., M.A.)

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The Special Studies degree allows you to design your own self-directed graduate degree targeted to your specific career and research interests.

You will tailor your own program from at least three different areas of studies from two or more academic departments to craft a multi-disciplinary program of study that will allow you to reach your education goals and further your career goals.

Program Highlights

  • Open to full-time or part-time students.
  • Special Studies students are eligible for graduate assistantships.
  • Student initiated — students build their own program by reviewing established program descriptions and requirements in the Graduate Catalog.
  • Draw on any discipline at the university — undergraduate programs with cross-listed 400/500 level courses can be included as long as graduate faculty are able to serve on a program committee.
  • Three options for completing your degree — thesis, portfolio or starred paper/comprehensive exam. 

Program Distinctions

  • St. Cloud State is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. 

Student Organizations

Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens International
Outside U.S.
Inside U.S.
Fall Rolling N/A N/A
Spring Rolling N/A N/A
Summer Rolling N/A N/A

Degree Levels

Licensure Graduate Certificate Master Post-Master Doctorate

Delivery Options

St. CLoud (on campus) Online Synchronous online St. Cloud State at Plymouth Evenings/Weekends

Graduate Director

Melanie Guentzel

Popular Careers

  • Teacher
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University Facts & Stats

  • 60 graduate programs leading to graduate certificates, master’s and doctoral degrees
  • More than 200 graduate assistantships awarded per year
  • Graduate assistants receive up to a $9,250 stipend per year and tuition reimbursement for up to eight graduate credits per semester.

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