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Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Orange, CA

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Overview

Introduction | Chapman University: Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Established in 1861, Chapman University is a private, coeducational university located in Orange, California and Irvine, California, in the western region of the United States.

The 2020 U.S. News & World Report ranks Chapman University as one of the best colleges in America and in 2019, Chapman University was ranked 5th among master’s-level universities in the Western U.S. 

The Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences is a vibrant intellectual community, where student-faculty research, internships, community service, travel courses and study abroad are highly encouraged. Wilkinson College offers students six master’s degrees. 

The Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences sponsors enriching programs that showcase Chapman’s liberal arts program including Art Collections, Earl Babbie Research Center, Guggenheim Gallery, Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education, and The Writing Center

In Wilkinson, students will learn how to make a difference in the world around them. Students will study alongside dedicated and committed faculty. Outside the classroom, students have access to laboratories, internships and community service opportunities.

Key Facts and Overview | Chapman University: Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences strives to build interdisciplinary bridges with other colleges and fields of study such as science, engineering and film.

Wilkinson College is proud to offer program-specific support and career services. These services help prepare students and alumni with tools to succeed in their professional endeavors. Wilkinson College in-house career services include: liberal arts career exploration and planning, internship and job search strategies, resume, cover letter and bio tailoring, personal website and social media review, interview preparation and practice, and grad school application materials.

Students can connect with Wilkinson alumni and get involved with the community by engaging with local high schools and colleges.

Majors and Degrees | Chapman University: Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Science

Wilkinson College has a distinguished faculty that is composed of active scholars, both nationally and internationally recognized for their academic excellence and contribution to knowledge. Wilkinson provides a challenging yet well-rounded education including the following programs: 

Master of Arts in English 

The Master of Arts in English is designed for students seeking continuing education, a foundation for doctoral work (PhD, EdD, JD) and/or a credential qualifying them to teach literature and composition courses at junior and community colleges.

Aimed at enabling students to receive the historical background, the writing confidence and the critical thinking skills to pursue careers in English or other humanistic endeavors.

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Whether you’re interested in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, screenwriting or a combination of genres, the MFA at Chapman University invites you to write better than you ever thought you could. The MFA is a terminal degree in creative writing.

Dual MA/MFA Degree 

The dual degree in English and creative writing provides the opportunity for both the literary and the creative aspects of English to be learned and assimilated. Combining the practice and study of creative writing with literary scholarship, the dual degree is specifically designed to meet your needs should your aspirations be to pursue a career in teaching English and creative writing at the university, community college or secondary school level.

Master of Arts in International Studies 

The International Studies program is designed to prepare graduates for a range of global careers with the U.S. Foreign Service, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), the United Nations (UN), and other global entities. The program provides an integrative curriculum including political science, comparative sociology, economics with an emphasis on trade and development, social psychology, foreign languages and other related fields.

Master of Arts in War and Society 

The M.A. in War and Society offers a transnational and interdisciplinary perspective on the lived experience and consequences of war by exploring theoretical frameworks and diverse archival materials including written, visual and oral historical evidence. Students master graduate-level writing, research and critical thinking skills to open up possible career paths in education, policy-making, museums, law, nonprofits and business.

Admissions | Chapman University: Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Chapman offers students many areas of study; students are encouraged to visit the Chapman University Academics Page to view more information about their school’s admission requirements and application details.  

Prospective students are encouraged to review the graduate application deadlines based on their particular graduate program. Programs that accept applications after the deadline on a space-available basis will be noted. Please visit the Application page to view a particular program application and requirements. 

A non-refundable application fee is $60 through the online application system. Students are required to submit all official transcripts; applications will not be considered complete until all materials are received. Most programs require a minimum of two letters of recommendation. Some programs require a statement of intent with specific information included in your statement. 

According to U.S. News & World Report, Chapman University is #87 (tied) in Best Colleges for Veterans. Veterans are encouraged to meet with the Director of Veterans Affairs during the application process by phone or in-person. Veterans can learn more by visiting the Veterans Resource Center.

Costs and Financial Aid | Chapman University: Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Chapman University offers a variety of financial aid options available to help students invest in their higher education and attain their educational goals. Students can view more information about financial aid and cost of attendance at Chapman’s Graduate Financial Aid

Graduate costs and fees vary by college; students can view their particular program on the 2020/2021 Tuition & Fee Information page. 

The Chapman University Harriet S. Salmon Interest Free Loan is an interest free loan awarded through the Office of Financial Aid. For information on eligibility for this type of loan, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 714-997-6741. 

Students interested in need-based financial aid should submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or the California Dream Act Application

Students who would like to apply for need-based financial aid should submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) in accordance with the application timelines. By submitting the FAFSA, each student is automatically considered for need-based grant and scholarship programs.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Arts (MA)
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 32

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? No

Admissions

Acceptance Rate

154
Applied
126
Accepted
40
Enrolled
82%

Applying

60
Application Fee - Domestic
Yes
Electronic
applications accepted?

Entrance Requirements

Student Body

106
Total Graduate Students
9%
International Breakout (representing other countries)

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 21.7%
Black or African American 4.72%
White or Caucasian 49%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.94%
Asian 7.55%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 5.66%
Unknown 0.94%

Gender

Male (36%)
Female (63%)

Faculty

82
Total faculty
Full-time - 34
Part-time - 48
Male (43)
Female (39)

Location & Contact

Address One University Drive
Orange, CA  92866
United States
Contact Dr. Jennifer D. Keene
Dean
Email: keene@chapman.edu
Phone: 714-997-6947

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