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Master of Arts in English

Degree Requirements:

Option 1: 24 – 36 credit hours

Required courses:

English 500, Aims and Methods of Literary Scholarship

English 566, Introduction to Literary Theory

Distribution requirements:

Two courses in earlier literary periods dealing with two different national literatures (British Literature prior to 1800, American Literature prior to 1900, or other designated courses)

Two courses in later literary periods dealing with two different national literatures (British Literature after 1800, American Literature after 1900, or other designated courses)

Final Project:
  • A paper that is a substantial development and revision of a seminar paper, or another research-based project to be determined by the student, in consultation with a faculty member, and approved by the Graduate Committee. (This project will typically run to 35 – 40 pages.)
  • Two additional courses of the student's choosing at the graduate level.
  • With the approval of an advisor, a first reader, and the Graduate Studies Committee, a student may write a thesis —worth 6 credits—running 80 - 100 pp., to be begun after completion of 24 credit hours.

Option 2: 24-30 credit hours

Required courses:

English 500, Aims and Methods of Literary Scholarship

English 566, Introduction to Literary Theory

Distribution requirements:

As soon as possible and no later than after having completed 12 hours of course work, a student will design her/his own subsequent course of study, including course work and a final project, around some kind of organizational framework. The student will work with two faculty members to write a rationale for this individually tailored course of study to be approved by the Graduate Studies Committee.

Final Project:
  • A paper that is a substantial development and revision of a seminar paper, or another research-based project to be determined by the student, in consultation with a faculty member, and approved by the Graduate Committee. (This project will typically run to 35 – 40 pages.)
  • Two additional courses of the student's choosing at the graduate level.
  • With the approval of an advisor, a first reader, and the Graduate Studies Committee, a student may write a thesis —worth 6 credits—running 80 - 100 pp., to be begun after completion of 24 credit hours.

NEW

  • New graduate students enrolling in six or more credits in the M.A. in English or M. A. in English with a Concentration in Writing, Media Arts and Technology program for the Fall 2013 semester are eligible for a 25% tuition and fee award. Please visit the graduate special awards website for specific details.
  • Beginning in Fall 2013, you can earn an M.A. in English with a Concentration in Writing, Media Arts, and Technology.  MORE

 

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We also offer an Accelerated Master's program.  MORE

 

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