The Master of Arts in English is designed to prepare students for doctoral work, improve the professional competence of public school teachers, ready promising scholars for college teaching, advance the skills of creative and professional writers, and train students whose careers require advanced verbal and analytical abilities.
Students seeking admission to the graduate program in English must supply the following materials directly to the Office of Graduate Studies:
1. An application for admission with the application fee.
2. Official transcripts of all college-level work, including one that shows conferral of the undergraduate
degree. The student must have completed at least twelve hours of upper-division English courses
with a 3.0 GPA or better. (Students with credentials from foreign universities must have their transcripts
reviewed by a transcript evaluation service.)
3. Official scores for the GRE General Test. (The subject test in English is not required.)
4. Three letters of recommendation that discuss the applicant’s potential for success in an English graduate
5. A scholarly/critical writing sample of a minimum of ten pages. Students wishing to pursue a creative
writing emphasis may submit a creative portfolio as a supplement to the scholarly/critical writing sample.
6. International applicants only: Official TOEFL scores.
The English MA Program welcomes qualified international applicants; however, an individual who does not hold American citizenship must be accepted under regular admission status, without qualifications.
A holistic review of each applicant's file will be completed, and admission will be granted on a competitive basis.
Beginning the Program
All English MA students must satisfy the following requirements before filing an official degree plan and being admitted to degree candidacy:
- Complete ENG 697 <ENGL 5330> Graduate Research: Methods and Theories, earning at
least a B.
(A student should complete ENG 697 <ENGL 5330> during the first semester of graduate work, if possible, but in any event must complete the course by the end of the second long-term semester for which he or she is enrolled.)
- Complete the Block 1 requirement.
- Complete six additional hours of graduate coursework.
- Maintain a B average or better for the twelve hours completed.
After meeting these requirements, the student submits a Declaration of Major form, thereby officially establishing a degree plan.
Completing the Program
To earn the MA in English, students must complete a minimum of thirty-six hours of graduate credit in accordance with one of three degree plans.
Students must take at least one course from each of five blocks; included among the total classes must be at least one course each in British and American literatures.
All students are required to take ENG 697 <ENGL 5330> Graduate Research: Methods and Theories at the first opportunity.
All MA students must pass the English program’s written comprehensive examination (offered in October, February, and June of each year) and an oral defense of a designated portion of their graduate work; the oral defense covers either the areas chosen for the written examination or, in the case of thesis students, the thesis. Students must be enrolled in the University for the terms in which the written comprehensive and oral examinations are administered.
A student may take ENG 539 <ENGL 5339> Directed Study of Selected Topics in Literature and Language twice, with pre-approval by the Department Chair. A student may take one 400-level <4000-level> English course for graduate credit, with pre-approval by the Department Chair and Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. See the Graduate English Handbook for guidelines and restrictions.
The English graduate curriculum is organized into five blocks, each comprising courses with shared topics or historical kinship; the student takes at least one class from each block.
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A graduate student in English may pursue one of three degree plans. Plan 1 requires a thesis; Plans 2 and 3 do not require a thesis.
Plan 1 – MA in English (Thesis)
This degree plan is designed for prospective junior and senior college teachers; for students who plan to continue their studies at a doctoral level; and for teachers of high school English who wish to increase scope, depth, and expertise in their teaching specialties. There is no secondary field under Plan 1, and the student must write a thesis. Under this plan, students take 30 hours of coursework and 6 hours of thesis. Students may pursue a creative writing emphasis, which requires an internship with the Texas Review Press, two creative writing workshops, and a creative thesis.
Plan 2 – MA in English (Non-thesis)
This degree plan is designed for prospective junior and senior college teachers; for students who plan to continue their studies at a doctoral level; and for teachers of high school English who wish to increase scope, depth, and expertise in their teaching specialties. There is no secondary field under Plan 2, and the student may not write a thesis. Under this plan, students take 36 hours of coursework. Students may pursue a creative writing emphasis, which requires an internship with the Texas Review Press, two creative writing workshops, and a creative thesis.
Plan 3 – MA in English (Non-thesis)
Designed for teachers who need preparation in two teaching fields, this degree plan requires twenty-four semester hours of English and twelve hours in a second, approved field. The secondary field must logically support the major and must be chosen from departments offering graduate-level courses, such as the Departments of History, Political Science, or, in the case of public school teachers, the College of Education.
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