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Updated on - November 10th 2019 by Piyush Bhartiya

MA (Master of Arts)

Overview

MA which is also known as the degree programme in Arts for the students those who want to pursue this wide range of course. This degree is often selected by the students who has already done their bachelors in Arts before. To advance and to learn more deeply in a particular specified field this course is been selected. MA itself is a wide range of more than 100+ different divergent specific course such as Anthropology, Museology, Liberal Arts & Studies, music, content writing, dancing, theatre, media casting, graphic design, History, Languages, Philosophy and many more. It is a wide programme which is taught globally with the best-advanced techniques and highly rated in the market as career prospects.

Type

It is a master's specified programme which continues from 1-3 yrs. Depending upon the course is been selected by the students. The Arts students are highly enthusiastic for studying this course after pursuing bachelors degree and to build themselves a good successful individual in the market.

Exams Required

Based on the requirement of the university portal, several IELTS/TOEFL/PTE/ GPA/ CAE and possible self video recording based on a particular task assigned for the candidates including interviews are been taken for the selection process.

However, to study abroad Language Proficiency exams are being conducted with various setup scores. Higher the rank of the college, higher will be cutoffs for the entrance exams. Following is the average list of exams and scores for acceptance rate by the countries are

Test

Minimum Score

IELTS

6.0-7.5

TOEFL (Online)

90

TOEFL (By Paper)

570-600

GPA

3.00 minimum

PTE

68-70 or higher

CAE/CPE

At least 169

Course Details

MA is a specialized degree course in which there is a wide range of career scope right from working in United Nations till Cinematography and Graphic design. Basically, the duration of the course ranges from the 1-3 yrs. There are lots of specializations in this course such as MA in Linguistics & Arts, MA in Creative Writing, MA in Liberal arts and studies, MA in public governance, MA in National and Translational Studies, MA in Psychology and many more. This course will enhance students to be an analyst in various fields and hence to work in most famous companies too.

Salary Details

A good range of salary is been provided for the person after earning this specialized degree. The salary will totally depend upon the amount you have the experience and your potential strength.

The Walt Disney will offer from $46,781 to $135,328 per year while the person in United Nations can earn around $47,861 to $139,966. The average salary for the person working in Fox Star can earn from 5 lacs to maximum 51 lacs (INR). The average salary for working in other recruited sectors can be around $60k to $70k. For writers and authors, it can lead to earn of $62k

There is a wide range of excellency Universities providing best courses for MA. Different universities follow the curriculum with their own set of mode to reach maximum growth for the students. After pursuing this degree the students get a great career opportunity, so accordingly they train students in the practical fieldwork.

As per the QS World Ranking, the list of top 10 universities for MA are

  1. Stanford University
  2. Princeton University
  3. Harvard University
  4. Yale University
  5. University of Chicago
  6. Johns Hopkins University
  7. University of California
  8. Columbia University
  9. University of Toronto
  10. Cornell University 

Top Universities by Location

There are many universities by location providing the best academic course in the field of Arts such as USA, Germany, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, Hongkong, Malaysia etc. The labs are well developed with excellent faculties along with the well-maintained student: teachers ratio so that the output is achieved higher by the students through several latest mode of studies.

Based on the QS World Ranking, the top 12 universities by the location along with the excellent population of students offering the best course in MA are

  1. Stanford University, USA(World University Rank #4)
  2. Harvard University, USA (World University Rank #7)
  3. Johns Hopkins University, USA (World University Rank #38)
  4. National University of Singapore, Singapore (World University Rank #25)
  5. University of Hongkong, Hongkong (World University Rank #35)
  6. Australian National University, Australia (World University Rank #50)
  7. University of Adelaide, Australia (World University Rank #120)
  8. University of Heidelberg, Germany (World University Rank #44)
  9. University of Freiburg, Germany (World University Rank #86)
  10. McGill University, Canada (World University Rank #42)
  11. University of Auckland, New Zealand (World University Rank #179)
  12. Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, Uk (World University Rank #501)

Course Details

Being a Masters in Arts, there is various eligibility academic process which is been described by the particular university online. Along with gaining a degree, a career prospect opens wide for the students too.

Following is the overview list of course and its specifications required by the students

Course

Specification

Level

Postgraduate level Programme

Duration

1-      3 years

Type

Degree Course

Eligibility

  • Bachelor’s (4 yrs.) Degree Certificates & Transcripts
  • 10+2 level Certificates
  • English Proficiency Test Score
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letter of Recommendation

 

Admission Process

Students can apply online on the university portal website or can send the application through physical mode prescribed by the given deadline

Course Fees

  • USA - $28k to $57k
  • Canada - $8k to $53k
  • Australia - $30 to $37k
  • Germany – Mostly free education / In some college Euro 3000
  • New Zealand - $29k to $34k
  • UK – GBP 12k to GBP 18k

Average Salary

Based on the recruiters you get the offer, the average salary may range from $40k to $139000

Top Recruiters

  • United Nations
  • Disney
  • Fox Star studios
  • Marvel
  • Govt. Agencies
  • Sports Association

Positions Offered

  • Director
  • Cinematographer
  • Animator
  • Choreographer
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Resource Manager
  • Foreign Advisory
  • Policy Advisor
  • Security Advisor

MA Top Universities

As the wide number of colleges delivers this course in a specified way with popular ranked colleges along with the variable fees.

Hence, as per the QS Ranking, the top under universities with rank 501 with the location and fees are

World Rank

University Name

Location

Fees

4

Stanford University

Stanford, USA

$52,479

6

Princeton University

USA

$51,870

7

Harvard University

USA

$44,816

8

Yale University

USA

$43,300

9

University of Chicago

Chicago, USA

$57,996

12

Johns Hopkins University

USA

$53,740

13

University of California

USA

$32,374

16

Columbia University

USA

$41,736

18

University of Toronto

Canada

$53,290

19

Cornell University

USA

$20,800

20

Duke University

USA

$55,680

21

University of Michigan

USA

$67,794

26

University of Washington

USA

$29,562

32

University of Melbourne

USA

$34,752

34

University of British Columbia

Canada

$8,777

42

McGill University

Canada

$18,110

44

University of Heidelberg

Germany

EURO 3000

50

Australian National University

Australia

$43,344

66

University of Queensland

Australia

$32,992

71

University of New South Wales

Australia

$33,120

75

Monash University

Australia

$33,200

86

University of Freiburg

Germany

EURO 3000

91

University of Tubingen

Germany

EURO 3000

117

Free University of Berlin

Germany

INR 0

120

University of Adelaide

Australia

$35,500

136

University of Alberta

Canada

$9,250

141

University of Ottawa

Canada

$13,546

157

University of Cologne

Germany

INR 0

157

University of Manheim

Germany

INR 0

179

University Of Auckland

New Zealand

$32,000

193

University of Canberra

Australia

$32,900

201

Griffith University

Australia

$31,500

201

University of Otago

New Zealand

$31000

251

La Trobe University

Australia

$34,800

251

Curtin University

Australia

$30,400

251

Auckland University of Technology

Auckland, New Zealand

$31160

301

University of Canterbury

New Zealand

NZ $30,700

501

Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts

UK

GBP 16700

MA- Requirements and Eligibility

Based on the University and location a candidate choose, the requirements changes accordingly; Most of the colleges doesn’t take entrance exams for the admission, but some of them such as Stanford University for their requirements takes still images of 1024 * 768 @ 72DPI and audio/ Videos prescribed by them for around 10 minutes for the course of Documentary, Film, etc.

However, it is mandatory for the candidates to achieve 60-75% minimum in their bachelor's degree to achieve top colleges abroad and English Proficiency Test. Depending upon the colleges, there might be some who takes other entrance exams too.

The general documents required by the candidates for fulfilling the admission in MA abroad are

  1. 4 years Bachelor’s Degree
  2. Statement of Purpose
  3. Letter of Recommendation
  4. Academic Transcripts
  5. Degree Certificates
  6. English Language Proficiency Certificate
  7. Acceptable Secondary and Higher Secondary Exam Certificate
  8. Curriculum Vitae

MA Admission and Procedure

There are various modes through which students can take admission. One is by opening the university portal website online and fulfilling all the requirements and needs as per the given date of the deadline while the other is to contact with the officers recognized by that university who will help as a guide to fulfil all the necessity needs for the process of admission.

Failing onto deadline can lead to cancellation of admission. There are various scholarships availed for students who need financial assistance. The students can avail up to 100% scholarship by applying as an early bid candidate. All the list of applications can either be sent online or through the physical mode of transfer to the recognized university office.

The general documents which include are

  1. Statement of Purpose
  2. Letter of Recommendation
  3. Transcript certificates
  4. Financial account information
  5. English Proficiency Exam Certificate
  6. VISA Certificate

MA- Course and Syllabus details

MA is a specialized degree course which can be earned only after pursuing bachelors degree in Arts through a recognized University. Depending upon the course you choose to study, this degree has a tenure period of 1-3 yrs. Respectively followed by the PhD course if a candidate wishes to pursue. It gives the knowledge completely about all the forms of arts such as Anthropology, Dance, Music, Film Editor, Creative Writing, Museology, Environmental studies, Art History, Humanities and many more. By achieving this degree students can thereby work in top recruited companies with a good salary package and even they can open their own market place too. However, pursuing the doctrine course will give you the best opportunity to earn too.

Subjects

Topics Covered

Objectives

MA in Anthropology

  • Culturalism
  • Language of Study
  • Mythology

To understand the Culture, Diversity, Language, Mythology of the particular Country.

MA in Art History & Theory

  • Historic Development of a country
  • Ancient History
  • Geography
  • Origin and Evolution Theory
  • History of Language
  • Proposition of Theories

To develop and evaluate the theory-based articles and research and to study the ancient history of the country.

MA in Child & Family Psychology

  • Child Care
  • Family Care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Concentration
  • Problem Solving
  • Mind Reading
  • Planning etc.

To solve the problems, To read and understand Growing age problems with the development of mind, To understand the family-related issues and to develop a healthy life through meditation and concentration

MA in Public Governance

  • Public Issues
  • Right to Freedom
  • Right to Speech
  • Advancement of a country
  • Regulation of Policies
  • Studying Rules and Regulations related to public Interest
  • Advisory Studies

To solve all the public governance issues by learning Right to Live, Freedom and Speech along with to develop the new policies by understanding the circumstances.

MA in Creative Writing

  • Documentary Writing
  • Script Writing
  • Content Writing
  • Lyrics Writing
  • Dialogue Writing
  • Translator etc.

To write dialogues, scripts so that a proper content is generated   for the song, film, documentaries etc,

MA in Liberal Arts & Studies

  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Religious and Ethical Studies
  • History of Arts
  • Journalist

To study the Humanity relations for serving peace and social sciences of the country and various forms of dances, music, etc. to develop a good choreographer, trainer.

MA in Fine & Digital Arts

  • Art Practice
  • Documentary Film
  • Film and Media Studies
  • Communication Studies
  • Networking Studies
  • Graphic Design

To develop media-related communities.

MA in Architecture

 

To study the miniature sculpting, Building projects with all the latest technologies available.

MA in Museology

  • Museum Education

 

To study all the contents, history, development of the museum and to look after that.

MA- Fees and University Wise Course Fees

Based on the semesters provided by the universities, to the students of an average 1-3 yrs, the fees vary accordingly with the country-wise and it’s been maximum in the USA followed by Canada and Australia. While many of the universities in Europe doesn’t take the tuition fees i.e. Free of Education they can avail it over there. All the countries are been associated with the scholarships and they provide up to 100% scholarships based on the needs and early bids.

The top University wise average course fees per year based on their currency are

  • USA - $28k to $57k
  • Canada - $8k to $53k
  • Australia - $30 to $37k
  • Germany – Mostly free education / In some college Euro 3000
  • New Zealand - $29k to $34k
  • UK – GBP 12k to GBP 18k

University

Tuition Fees

Other Expenses

Stanford University

$52,479

$70k-$90k

University of Washington

$29,562

$60k-90k

Australian National University

$43,344

1 lac- 2 lac

University of Alberta

$9,250

70k to 80k

Auckland University of Technology

NZ $31,160

$1327 per month

MA Career Scope

For the students who pursued an MA has a wide and great career scope globally. However, their experience matters a lot. The candidates will get hired in top recruited companies or stores which itself is famous worldwide throughout its journey. Based on the course they choose they can be joined in several top leading branches right from the Disney to the United Nations. Their reputation will be more and along with it, their life structure will also be changed. If a person wants to pursue a Doctrine degree, they are most welcome to do so to get a highly reputed person.

  • This course has a wide acceptability in various fields such as choreographers
  • Top Graphic designs, Famous brands like Disney, Fox Studios, Star Office, Marvel etc.

They can also join several government agencies too.

They can be Security Advisor, Political Analyst, Archaeologists and many more.

Famous Alumni

  • Brandon Oldenburg
  • Patrick Osborne
  • Uzo Aduba
  • Daniel Bauch

MA- Jobs and Salary Scopes

After completing this course and earning a specialized degree from the university, there are plenty of jobs in various fields and sectors are awaiting for the candidates and the people are just loving their profession to enhance themselves with a good amount of salary too. Based on the specialization the jobs are offered. In most of the cases, students studying in top colleges are directly hired by the top recruiters during their course of study too. Also being an intern, students can enjoy in studying with top recruiters too.

Positions Offered

Top Recruiters

Average Salary

  • Accompanist
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Music Journalist
  • Natural Resource Planner
  • Govt. Organizations
  • Policy Adviser
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Project Head
  • Resource Manager
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Foreign Aid Worker
  • Animator
  • Creative Director
  • Choreographer
  • Tv Broadcaster
  • Advertiser Companies
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Political Analyst
  • United Nations
  • Disney
  • Fox Studios
  • BBC News
  • Star Office
  • Sports Association
  • Marvel Studios
  • Govt. Organization

 

The average salary with respect to various field can be $45k to $70k. while earning at a top recruiter such as UN and Disney, it can vary up to $1,39,000 too.

 

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