Missy Alexander, Dean, WA 300 Phone: (203) 837-9400
Cigdem Usekes,  Assistant Dean, WA 300 Phone: (203) 837-9406 
Martha Palanzo, Administrative Assistant ,WA 300 Phone: (203) 837-9401 
Bob Albert, Department Secretary, WA 300 Phone: (203) 837-9402
Fax: (203) 837-8525



Biological and Environmental Sciences Patrice Boily, Chair, SB 243, (203) 837-8569
Faculty  N. Connally; J. Cordeira; R. Gyure (Graduate Coordinator); M. Monette; T. Philbrick; T. Pinou; R. Prunier; S. Wagener; E. Wong 
Chemistry Russell Selzer, Chair, SB 334, (203) 837-8448       Paula Secondo, Associate Chair, SB 339, (203) 837-8795
Faculty D. Baluha; N. Greco; Y. Mei-Ratliff; R. Molinelli; J. Prieto; A. Roberts; F. Robertson; Y. Yen
Communication and Media Arts Kathryn Wiss, Co-Chair, BR 213A, (203) 837-8260    Karen Saunders, Co-Chair, BR 213B, (203) 837-8257
Faculty J.C. Barone; J. Brower; J. Eckstein; T. Keys; K. Lever-Mazzuto; W. Petkanas; D. L. Stephenson
Computer Science Gancho Ganchev, Chair, WS 114, (203) 837-9349    William Joel, Associate Chair, WS 110, (203) 837-9353
Faculty R. Gurkewitz; T. Ivanov
English Michael Chappell, Co-Chair, B 210D, (203) 837-9366    Donald Gagnon, Co-Chair; B 223 (203) 837-9062
Faculty A. Govardhan; H. Levy;  M. Murray; I. Pruss; S. Qi (Graduate Coordinator); M. Sullivan; C. Usekes
History & Non-Western Cultures Kevin Gutzman, Chair, WA 222, (203) 837-8455       Michael Nolan,  Associate Chair and Graduate Coordinator, WA 203, (203) 837-3483
Faculty K. Allocco; S. Davies; J. Duffy; W. Gadkar-Wilcox; L. Lindenauer; M. May; J. Rosenthal; A. Saad
Mathematics Josie Hamer, Chair and Graduate Coordinator, H 102E, (203) 837-9347
Faculty D. Burns; S. Christofi; B. Hall; S. Hayes; S. Lightwood; A. Lubell; P. Maida; B. Mittag; L. Novozhilova; C. Rocca; X. Wang
Philosophy & Humanistic Studies Stuart Dalton, Chair, WH 021A, (203) 837-3282                 
Faculty K. Aronson
Physics, Astronomy & Meteorology James Boyle, Chair, SB 273, (203) 837-8856  Robert Eisenson, Associate Chair, SB 277, (203) 837-8989                
Faculty D. Dawson (Graduate Coordinator); A. Owino
Psychology Shane Murphy, Chair, WA 311, (203) 837-9398
Faculty M. Aloni; D. Barrett; N. Gallucci; B. Gee; R. Gustafson; B. Khoo; T. Kuther-Martell;  M. Nelson; P. O’Neil; D. Sheskin
Social Sciences Oluwole Owoye, Chair, WA 204, (203) 837-8456    R. Averell Manes, Associate Chair, WA 203, (203) 837-8452
Faculty C. Bandhauer; M. Dabros; C. Hegel-Cantarella; C. Kukk; R. Lumbantobing; Z. Pan; S. Ward; L. Weinstein; R. Whittemore
World Languages and Literatures Galina Bakhtiarova, Chair, BR 215C, (203) 837-8734
Faculty S. A. Hawkins
Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process Patrick Ryan, Chair, HI 205D, (203) 837-3274
Faculty B. Clements (Coordinator, M.F.A. in Creative and Professional Writing); K. Custer; O. De Los Santos; E. Hagan


Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts Degree Programs       

Mission and Objectives

The Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences offers Master of Arts degrees in biological and environmental sciences, earth and planetary sciences, English (three options: literature, writing, and TESOL), history, and mathematics. The school also offers the Master of Fine Arts in Creative and Professional Writing.

In keeping with the state of Connecticut’s goals for higher education, the Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences, with its graduate programs, seeks to

  • enhance student learning and promote academic excellence.
  • join with elementary and secondary schools to improve teaching and learning at all levels.
  • ensure access to and affordability of higher education.
  • promote the economic development of the state to help business and industry sustain strong economic growth.
  • respond to the needs and problems of society.
  • ensure efficient use of resources.

The Macricostas School of Arts and Sciences plays a central role in the education of every student at the university. The school serves students of diverse interests and needs and from many different segments of the community. The arts and sciences faculty believe that teaching is an art. Their highest priority is to help students learn.

Graduate Programs

The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree programs at Western are designed to provide opportunities for the pursuit of advanced study in the fields of biological and environmental sciences, earth and planetary sciences, English, history, and mathematics. Master of Arts programs provide in-depth study of a specific field for professional advancement, personal development, or preparation for further advanced study.

The Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) program is a performance-based program leading to the highest degree awarded in professional fields in the arts.

Master of Arts degree programs:

         Earth and Planetary Sciences




Master of Fine Arts in Creative and Professional Writing


Applicants who wish to be admitted to a Master of Arts program must submit the following material to the Division of Graduate Studies:

  • application for admission to the Division of Graduate Studies with a $50 application fee
  • official transcript, including all earned grades and degrees, mailed (not hand-delivered) to the Division of Graduate Studies from each college or university previously attended. (For initial nonmatriculated, one-semester enrollment, a transcript indicating a 2.5 undergraduate grade point average or higher and the baccalaureate degree will suffice.)
  • If an applicant’s cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) is below 2.5, the applicant must fulfill one of the following:
    1. Present a score rated at the 35th percentile or higher on the Miller Analogies Test, as indicated below:
      * Undergraduate GPA MAT score required
      * 2.5 or higher MAT not required
      * 2.4 to 2.49 35th Percentile
      * 2.3 to 2.39 45th Percentile
      * 2.2 to 2.29 50th Percentile
      * Below 2.2 60th Percentile
    2. Provide transcripts indicating successful previous graduate study at an accredited institution.
  • Supporting documents, such as letters of reference, as required for a particular program
  • Evidence of successful completion of any required prerequisite courses as established for a  particular program

After the above materials have been submitted, the applicant should call (203) 837-8243 to make an appointment for an admission interview in the Division of Graduate Studies.

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