master of arts

noun phrase, often capitalized M&A

Definition of master of arts

1 : the recipient of a master's degree that usually signifies that the recipient has passed an integrated course of study in one or more of the humanities and sometimes has completed a thesis involving research or a creative project and that typically requires two years of work beyond a bachelor's degree
2 : the degree making one a master of arts abbreviation MA, AM

First Known Use of master of arts

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Master of arts.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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