The standard for progression in the M.A. program is 78% based on the final marks in the Fall and Winter terms. A student who does not achieve this average (and who does not fulfill the required Term Work; see the regulation on Term Work) may be required to take additional courses or to withdraw from the program, at the discretion of the Committee on Graduate Studies.

Summer support for students writing M.A. theses will be contingent upon submission of a substantial and acceptable portion (for example, a twenty-five page chapter) by the end of the Winter term (April 30). For an M.A. Independent Research Project, a student must submit to his or her supervisor a satisfactory Working Bibliography and a detailed outline of the entire project by the end of Reading Week in February, at the latest. Thesis/project advisors will report to the Graduate Chair whether these conditions have been met.