The Department of English offers a Masters of Arts degree in English that can serve either as preparation for a Ph.D. and a career in English studies, or as an extension of education in the liberal arts beyond the Bachelor’s degree. We believe that all students should have a thorough grounding in the basic elements of literary study; thus all students must satisfy a common set of core requirements. We also believe that students should have the opportunity to give their studies a particular emphasis, and thus we offer a choice of three departmental concentrations. These concentrations, Literary History, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric and Composition, are carefully selected groups of courses that give each master’s program a distinctive focus. Completion of the program generally requires two years of course work, but full-time students who are not teaching assistants may complete the program in less time.
Applications for the M.A. program must be submitted electronically to the Graduate College, along with the general scores from the GRE, three letters of recommendation from professors familiar with the applicant’s academic work, a writing sample, and a one-page statement of purpose, indicating at the top the name of the concentration for which the prospective student is applying (i.e., literary history, creative writing, or rhetoric and composition. The application should also include transcripts of all undergraduate classes, showing a record of substantial coursework in English language and literature.
No selective or limited admission requirements.
No requirements beyond Departmental admission requirements.
Students enter M.A. programs in English for a variety of reasons. Some wish simply to extend their liberal education beyond the bachelor’s level, others want professional training for high school or junior college teaching, and still others require preparation for ongoing academic studies, including the doctoral degree.