The English M.A. Program
About Our Program
Our English master’s degree program allows students to work toward a higher level of intellectual and professional accomplishment. Whether you are preparing for professional positions in the workforce or entrance to a Ph.D. program, we can help you reach your professional goals.
You will complete 36 semester credit hours of course work, which must include English 6391: Bibliography and Research Methods; 6 credits of American literature; 6 credits of British literature; and 3 credits of language studies; up to 6 credits may be taken in approved supporting electives outside of the English and Modern Languages Department. Please see our graduate course descriptions page to learn more about our course offerings.
|ENG 6391: Bibliography and Research Methods||3|
|ENG 6XXX: American Literature||6|
|ENG 6XXX: British Literature||6|
|ENG 6XXX: Language Studies||3|
|ENG 6XXX: Electives*||18|
|Total Degree Credits||36|
* Six of these 18 credits may be at the 5XXX level with approval.
* If you have an assistantship, you must also take ENG 6376: Practicum in College Composition Pedagogy as part of these 18 credits.
In addition to coursework, you must successfully complete a written examination over a prescribed reading list. You will become eligible to take the exam once you have completed 24 semester credit hours. We offer the test once on a specified date each long semester. The five-hour examination consists of three essay questions, and you must successfully respond to all three questions to qualify for graduation.
Our program does not require you to write a thesis in order to graduate. However, some students choose to complete a thesis project to bolster their applications for Ph.D. programs. You may use up to six of your 18 elective credits as thesis credits, allowing you to work closely with a faculty member over two semesters to complete a thesis project. Pursuing this option does not exempt you from successfully passing the written M.A. exam.
Our graduate faculty specialize in a variety of areas within English studies, including traditional literary authors and periods as well as areas of contemporary inquiry such as magic realism, women’s studies, and technical and business writing. Please see our faculty profile page to learn more about the members of our faculty.