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Master of Arts (M.A.) in Italy

Studying Master of Arts (M.A.)

The Master of Arts (M.A. degree) is the most common Master's degree besides the Master of Science (M.Sc.), awarded by most universities worldwide. The study duration of a Master of Arts degree is between 1-2 years, depending on the subject and how intensive classes are.

Universities and colleges generally award Masters of Arts in fields like Languages, History, Geography, Philosophy, Fine Arts, but also Social Sciences, where they overlap with Masters of Science. This means that one subject can be offered either as an M.A. or an M.Sc. degree depending on which graduate school provides it.

For example, you can find both M.A. and M.Sc. degrees in Political Science. While sometimes the difference is only in name, it can also reflect the focus of classes or the method of graduation. Checking the curriculum is the best way to find out what is expected from you during courses.

Most M.A. classes aim to develop students’ abilities to think critically, analyse 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.

Study in Italy

Universities in Italy are very affordable compared to their counterparts in Western Europe, and the quality of education is undeniable. Italy has always been and remains a cradle of culture and education. In fact, the University of Bologna is the oldest university in Europe, having been opened in 1088. Fashion and Architecture are the stand-out areas where Italian universities are second to none, but there are other English-taught degrees to choose from. In your spare time, you can enjoy the lovely Mediterranean climate, the sea breeze, and tasty food while exploring unique historic sites, such as the Colosseum or the Pantheon in Rome.

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