To earn an MA in English, students complete thirty-six hours of course credit. They may pursue one of three plans:
Under MA Non-Thesis Plan 1 a student takes thirty-six hours of graduate English coursework; the student working under Non-Thesis Plan 1 may not write a thesis or pursue a creative writing emphasis.
Under MA Non-Thesis Plan 2, a student takes a twenty-four-hour English major and a twelve-hour "minor" in another graduate field; the secondary field must be a complementary discipline like History, Foreign Languages, Mass Communications, or Education. The student working under Non-Thesis Plan 2 does not have the option of pursuing the creative writing track or writing a thesis.