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The master of arts program in English offers a rigorous, personalized, project-based postgraduate experience that will prepare students to achieve their professional and personal goals. Students will have the freedom to pursue their particular interests in literary studies in a way that prepares them for an array of future plans, including admission to a doctoral program in English; admission to graduate programs in a range of disciplines, including law, library sciences, education, or business; or preparation for careers in the non-profit and for-profit sectors.  Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, MA students will design a program of study that may include traditional coursework, internships, and a culminating project.

Although assistantships are not typically available for students pursuing an MA degree, a number of merit-based partial tuition scholarships are available.

Students with questions about the MA program should contact Dr. Leah Flack, the director of graduate studies in English at leah.flack@marquette.edu.

The MA degree has two tracks: a thesis-based track (Plan A) and a non-thesis track (Plan B). Students will determine which track to pursue in their first semester.

In 2018-19, the English department launched a new MA format to meet the changing needs of students pursuing a degree. In place of a period-based MA exam as the culminating experience of the degree, students may write an MA thesis, complete a professional project, develop a pedagogy project, or combine a sequence of courses to meet their personal and professional goals.

For students matriculating in the Fall 2018 and after, the degree requirements are as follows:

PLAN A REQUIREMENTS

Plan A requires 30 credit hours beyond the BA degree, including 24 credit hours of courses plus 6 credits of an MA thesis. The thesis must be approved by the thesis director and one other reader, usually the Director of Graduate Studies. Up to 3 courses (i.e. 9 credits) may be from the 5000 level.

Required 6000-level courses (15 credits), to include ENGL 6820 (3 credits) and 4 courses (3 credits each) chosen from the following:

ENGL 6999 Master’s thesis—6 credits

PLAN B REQUIREMENTS

PLAN B requires 30 credit hours beyond the BA degree, at least 21 of which must be from the ENGL department at the 6000 level. Up to 3 courses (9 credits) may be from the 5000 level.


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