Aug 18, 2019  

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

Project /Thesis

Candidates must complete one of the following options:

A.  Project paper (7,000-9,000 words)

B.  MA Thesis (18,000+ words)

Admission Requirements

  1. Applicants must meet the English Proficiency Requirements.
  2. Applicants must have earned a minimum of 20 semester hours (30 quarter credits) in English courses as prerequisites, including ENGL 460  (or its equivalent).
    • These prerequisites are in addition to the General Education composition requirement.
    • It is desirable to have completed an English undergraduate major of at least 30 semester hours (45 quarter credits).
    • Students taking the MA: English (TESOL) must have completed ENGL 300  (or its equivalent) as a prerequisite.
    • Applicants with fewer English prerequisite credits than the minimum number required must remove the deficiencies by taking additional English courses other than those required for the MA degree.
  3. Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language by having done one of the following:
    • Earned credit through the intermediate college level with a minimum average grade of C.
    • Passed an exam approved by the English Department.
    • Completed their education through secondary school in a first language other than English.

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 to the English MA, students must obtain at least a minimum composite score on one of the following exams:

  1. Paper-based TOEFL (ITP) composite score of 600
  2. Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) composite score of 100
  3. MELAB composite score of 84
  4. IELTS composite score of 7

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. For required scores on other standardized proficiency exams, contact the department.

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