Applicants for admission to the Master of Arts (M.A.) in English with a literature concentration must submit the following items:
The deadline is January 15th. Students must have earned a 3.00 GPA in their junior/senior years of undergraduate work and have (or be in the process of completing) a bachelor's degree in English. See Department of English application process  for more information.
Those who do not have degree in English may be considered for admission if they have taken the following cluster of English courses (or equivalent) with a 3.00 GPA. Supplemental courses may include:
ENG 200 Critical Reading and Writing
ENG 221 or 222 Survey of English Literature I and II
ENG 241 or 242 Literature of the United States 1860 to present
ENG 421 or 422 Shakespeare
400-level course in English Literature before 1660
400-level course in English Literature 1660-1900
400-level course in American Literature before 1900
400-level course in 20th-century British and American Literature
Students should consult with the director of the master's in literature program for advice on nondegree and/or supplemental course work.
To earn the Master of Arts degree in English with a concentration in literature, a candidate must complete at least 30 hours of graduate courses (i.e., courses that carry 500-level credit).
Included in that number must be:
Research Methods (ENG 500)
A course in literary theory
Two graduate seminars at the 600 level
Six thesis hours (ENG 599)
ENG 590 Reading and Conference will not ordinarily be used as a portion of the 30-hour M.A. in English, especially when it would duplicate study available through regularly scheduled courses.
Distribution Requirement: Each student is required to satisfy a nine-hour distribution requirement:
A course in literature before 1660
A course in literature 1660-1900
A course in literature since 1900
Electives: Nine hours may be chosen from above areas, or from other graduate-level offerings.
Note: two courses must be graduate seminars at the 600 level; course work in literature should not all be from the same national tradition.
Thesis : (ENG 599 - 6 credits) Under the direction of the supervisory committee (chair and two members), the student writes a master's thesis and defends it at an oral examination.
Non-thesis Option : 27 coursework and 3 hours of Applied Project (ENG 593 or LIN 593). Student works with an Applied Project director and has the option of two additional committee members. There will be an oral presentation of the project.
Students must demonstrate evidence of a competent knowledge of a natural language other than modern English, to be selected by the student, subject to the approval of the chair of the thesis committee. The requirement may be fulfilled in any of the following ways: