To earn this degree, you must complete at least 36 credits (courses are generally 3 credits each). You must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 or better in courses taken to fulfill degree requirements; no course with a grade below B will count toward the degree.
You may, with your advisor’s approval, apply courses that satisfy core requirements to your concentration requirements. If you do, you must still complete enough approved elective courses to meet the required minimum of 36 credits.
To be regularly admitted to the master's program in English, you must have completed an undergraduate major or minor in English with a cumulative GPA or at least 3.0 (4.0 = A) and 3.0 in all English courses. Letters of recommendation from three academic or professional referees must support your application, and you must submit a written explanation of your reason for seeking the degree. The letters of reference must be accompanied by our recommendation form. You must also earn a satisfactory score on the general aptitude section of the Graduate Record Examination. If you do not meet these requirements, you may be admitted conditionally. Conditions might require you to complete prerequisite courses without credit toward the graduate degree, or to maintain a given GPA over your first 6-12 credits in the program. Please contact the our department to optain an application packet.
Students in the M.A. program may qualify for appointment as teaching assistants. Such appointments (with the title graduate teaching assistant) carry a stipend as well as partial remission of fees. TAs typically teach one or two sections of freshman or developmental composition. Those intersted should contact the Director of Writing to see if there are any available spots.
Note 1: At least 6 hours of the concentration or electives must be 700 level seminars
Note 2: It is recommended that a student who plans to pursue a doctorate in literary study demonstrate reading proficiency in an approved foreign language under the auspices of the Department of International Language and Culture Studies by passing (1) a 300-level literature course in a foreign language with a grade of A or B, or (2) a written examination that demonstrates a student's proficiency in reading and translating a foreign language.