Graduate Degree

Literature in English - Master of Arts

Literature in English - Master of Arts
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Master of Arts
College of Arts and Letters

Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.

College of Arts and Letters

Department of English

Graduate Study
Literature in English - Master of Arts

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university, of the College of Arts and Letters, and of the Department of English, students must meet the requirements specified below.


To be considered for admission to the Master of Arts degree program in literature in English, an applicant must:

  1. Submit to the department a writing sample that reflects aptitude for critical and scholarly writing.

To be admitted to the program on regular status, an applicant must have:

  1. A baccalaureate degree in English or a related field.
  2. Completed a minimum of 20 semester credits in English courses, exclusive of freshman composition, with a grade–point average of at least 3.50.
  3. Completed two years of study in a foreign language at the college level.

Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in Literature in English

Students must complete a total of 31 credits for the degree under Plan A (with thesis) or 30 credits for the degree under Plan B (without thesis).  The student's program of study must be approved by the Graduate Chairperson. Not more than 4 credits of ENG 890  Independent Study may be counted toward the requirements for the Master of Arts degree in Literature in English.  English 890 may not be substituted for any required course.

Requirements for Both Plan A and Plan B

  1. Complete the following courses within the first two semesters of enrollment in the program  (6 credits):
    ENG    800    Studies in Race, Gender, and the Human     3
    ENG    802    Literary Criticism and Theory                        3
  2. Complete 21 additional credits of graduate work in English or related fields with attention to issues of criticism and theory, literary and cultural history, and multinational or global literary traditions. No more than 6 credits of course work outside the department may count towards the degree. Students must complete two courses in English literatures, one from before 1800 and one after 1800.
  3. Demonstrate second-year proficiency at the college-level in a language other than English through completion of course work through the 200-level, by passing an examination of reading comprehension, or completion of a 400-level reading course for graduate students in a language other than English.

Additional Requirements for Plan A

  1. Complete 4 credits of ENG 899  Master's Thesis Research.
  2. Pass a final oral certifying examination on the thesis and course work.

Additional Requirements for Plan B

  1. Complete a graduate course within or outside the Department of English.
  2. Submit a portfolio taken from course work and pass a final certifying examination on the course work.