Aug 18, 2018  

English MA

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All students who graduate with an MA in English will be able to:

Demonstrate familiarity with all three branches of the discipline of English:  literature, writing and language.

Conduct original research in their chosen area of study and write a scholarly project that reflects the conventions of the discipline.

Demonstrate advanced and cohesive knowledge of the scope and sequence of Anglophone literature, its historical and cultural contexts, and its genres, and advanced knowledge and application of critical theories.


The expected length of the MA English program is five semesters.

Total Credits: 33

Degree Core

Core Requirements


Candidates must complete one of the following options:

  1. Project paper (30-50+ pages)
  2. Two project papers (each a minimum of 20 pages)
  3. MA thesis (75-100+ pages)

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have taken ENGL 460   Linguistics (or its equivalent)​ and ENGL 300   Modern English Grammar (or its equivalent) as prerequisites.  These courses may be taken concurrently while students are enrolled in the MA TESOL program.

English Language Requirements

Students whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English-language proficiency before they are accepted into any program in the Department of English.  To qualify for admission, students must obtain at least a minimum composite score on one of the following exams, with component score(s) at or above those indicated:

  1. Paper-based TOEFL (ITP) composite score of 575. 
  2. Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) composite score of 90.
  3. MELAB composite score of 82.
  4. For the minimum scores from other standardized English tests, such as IELTS and PTE, contact the Department of English.

The exam must be taken within two years prior to enrollment.  Students who score below these levels may complete language requirements by enrolling in Intensive English Program courses (ENSL) on campus. 

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