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Final Essay Requirements

HALE M.A. students complete the degree program with an essay representing their work in the program.

The Final Essay must be submitted during the last semester of enrollment, with the exception of students who intend to complete their coursework in the summer; these students must submit their Final Essay in the spring semester immediately preceding the summer in which they take their final course.

Students must be enrolled in at least one credit hour at Michigan State University during the semester in which they submit their Final Essay.

The Final Essay will be reviewed by the HALE M.A. review committee (Pass/Fail grading). The committee will consist of the student’s advisor with two other faculty members. If the review committee judges the student’s work to be unacceptable, the student must re-submit a revised Final Essay by the first day of Finals Week to graduate.

Submission Requirements

Completed Final Essay is due:

  • Fall Semester Graduates: Last Monday in October by 11:59 PM (ET)
  • Spring and Summer Semester Graduates: Last Monday of February by 11:59 PM (ET)

Sample Final Essay