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2016-2017 Graduate Catalog (as of 08-31-16) 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog (as of 08-31-16) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English, M.A.

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Program Requirements

  • 36 credit hours
  • At least one seminar course (ENGL 700  ,ENGL 703 , ENGL 704 , ENGL 705 )
  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Foreign language competency
  • At least 9 credit hours at each campus
  • Optional thesis


A maximum of 9 credit hours are allowed from ENGL 698 , ENGL 699 , ENGL 701 , and ENGL 702 .

Comprehensive Exam

A comprehensive examination is prepared and administered by the Joint Program Committee, and is taken by all candidates after the completion of at least 27 hours of coursework. For those who complete a thesis, a satisfactory oral defense is also required before final certification for the degree.

Foreign Language Competency

Because the close study of language itself is an invaluable experience for students earning their M.A. in English, the program requires that students demonstrate competence in an ancient or modern foreign language. This requirement may be met in one of the following ways:

  • Complete two years or their equivalent of college-level study in a single foreign language with an average grade of C or higher
  • Complete, with a grade of B or higher, English 517: Old English Language
  • Pass a translation test in a foreign language administered by the graduate program in English. The test may be taken in German, French, Italian, Spanish, Ancient Greek, or Latin. Other languages will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Transfer Credit Policy

An applicant or student of the M.A. in English program can seek approval from the Joint Program Committee to accept up to 12 transfer credit hours. These courses must have a grade of B or higher, and can count toward the M.A. in English degree requirements. Courses with a grade of “Pass” or “Satisfactory” will not be accepted.

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