The 33-credit Master of Arts in English program consists of 12 credit hours of required coursework, 18 hours of electives and three hours of a culminating project including a comprehensive exam and a thesis or professional portfolio.
Coursework includes studies in literature, rhetoric and composition, creative writing and teaching. Electives allow students to shape the program in a way that fits their individual needs.
The program is comprised of thirty-three (33) credit hours of coursework leading to a Master of Arts degree in English. The program includes nine (9) credit hours selected from a Shared Core of classes, twenty-one (21) credit hours selected from elective course offerings, and three (3) credit hours of a culminating project including a comprehensive exam and a thesis or a comprehensive exam and the preparation of a professional portfolio.
After completing 30 hours of coursework, students will be required to enroll in a culminating project - portfolio preparation or thesis research. Both options require students to take a comprehensive exam. Additional information on the culminating project is available in the Master of Arts in English Student Handbook.
Submission requirements for theses are available in the Graduate Studies office.
Students who complete the program are awarded the Master of Arts in English degree. There are no distinctions in the name or prestige of the degree according to the thesis or portfolio options.
A complete list of required courses and their descriptions can be viewed on the English program website.
Upon completion of the Master of Arts in English program, students should be able to: