The Department of English houses a terminal master’s degree in English for students who wish to earn only an M.A. degree or who wish to explore education at the graduate level before committing to a Ph.D. program. At any point in the M.A. program, a student may apply to the Ph.D. program. If accepted, all credits earned would be transferable. Funding is not ordinarily available for this degree.

For the master’s degree in English, students complete a total of 30 credits by taking 27 credits of course work (9 courses), including at least one advanced-level seminar, plus 3 credits of Masters Essay (9996). A maximum of six graduate credits can be transferred from another program. Students must also write one qualifying paper while enrolled in Masters Essay (9996), typically a substantial revision of a paper submitted for a course, and demonstrate reading knowledge of one foreign language.

For more details on the M.A. program, visit the Graduate Policies and Procedures page.

How to Apply

For information on how to apply to the M.A. program, please see the “Admission to the M.A. and Ph.D. Programs” heading on the Graduate Programs homepage here.