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Graduate Studies

Master of Arts - English

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Admissions Requirements

Two official copies of a baccalaureate transcript from a regionally accredited institution with at least 36 credits in English, exclusive of freshman composition. (Applicants who present fewer than 36 undergraduate credits in English may remove this deficiency by taking additional courses as recommended by the English graduate committee.)

A 3.00 cumulative undergraduate average. (Applicants whose undergraduate average in English is less than 3.00 may be admitted on the basis of GRE scores or by other means at the discretion of the English graduate committee.)

A writing sample, 10 pages in length.

GREs are recommended.

Program Requirements

File a "plan of study" during the first semester after matriculation.

Completion of prescribed course work within seven years after matriculation.

Maintain a cumulative average of 3.00 or better, with no more than two grades below B-.

Nine credits in a foreign language or satisfactory evidence of equivalent competence through a reading test administered by the graduate committee. The foreign language requirement must be fulfilled within three semseters after matriculation.

Satisfactory performance on comprehensive examination.

Curriculum Requirements - 30 credits

No more than six credits may be transferred from another institution. No more than six credits taken before admission to the MA program may be credited to the degree.

The English Proseminar (ENG500), generally taken in the first semester.

At least one course in the English language, such as ENG501, ENG502, or ENG527.

One course in Shakespeare, such as ENG505 or ENG574.

At least three courses from the periods before 1800 (for which only one Shakespeare course may be counted) and three courses from the periods after 1800.

One course in literary criticism, such as ENG550, ENG555, or ENG585.

Teaching Assistantships

The English Department has a limited number of Teaching Assistantships for students in the MA program. Teaching Assistants teach one section of Composition per semester and receive a stipend plus tuition waiver for two graduate English courses per semester. Modern Theories of Writing, ENG515, is required in the first semester of the Assistantship. Application is made through the English Department office.

Please go to the Graduate School Web site for additional information.


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