Sep 30, 2023  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

English, Literature Concentration, MA

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Total Hours Required for Degree:  30 (Thesis Option) or 36 (Non-thesis Option)


In addition to the general requirements for admission to Graduate School, applicants for admission to the Master of Arts in English program must meet the following requirements:

  • A GPA of 3.25 for all undergraduate ENGL courses.
  • An application packet (consisting of a letter of application and an academic writing sample) sent to the Master of Arts advisor in the Department of English and Foreign Languages.
  • Adequate preparation as determined by the department head and major professor.


  • ENGL Elective (500/600 Level) - 3 hours (Except ENGL 677 or ENGL 679)

Choose one course from each of the following areas:


  • One-half of the total number of hours required for the degree, excluding credit for the thesis, shall be in 600-level courses.
  • Students who are considering pursuing a Ph.D. are strongly encouraged to complete the equivalent of 2 years coursework in a foreign language. These students are also encouraged to complete a thesis.
  • In order to complete the requirements for the degree, students must pass comprehensive examinations, which include a comprehensive objective exam, a portfolio review, and a series of professor-directed individual exams.

General Notes

  • At least one-half of the total number of credit hours required for a graduate degree, excluding credit for thesis, must be at the 600-level.
  • Credits applied must be earned within 6 calendar years from the time the student first enrolled in the program.
  • No grade below C and not more than 6 credit hours of C work can be applied toward the degree.
  • Only transfer credits with a grade of B or better may be applied toward the degree.
  • All degree and graduation requirements may be found on the Graduate School Regulations  page.

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