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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

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 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 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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