The duration of a Master of Arts degree typically ranges from one to two years, depending on the course and intensity of classes. Masters of Arts degrees are offered in fields such as Languages, History, Geography, Philosophy, Fine Arts, and Social Sciences (where they intersect with Masters of Science). Depending on the educational institution, the same subject may be available as both an M.A. or an M.Sc. degree.

Most M.A. classes aim to develop students’ abilities to think critically, analyze ideas and propositions, and express their own conclusions clearly. M.A. degrees usually have a high degree of class interaction. To receive a Master of Arts degree, you need to write a thesis based on independent research during the final year.