- Graduate Program Overview
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Department of English
Marquette Hall, 115
1217 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53233
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, M.A. students will design a program of study that may include traditional coursework, internships, and a culminating project.
In 2018-19, the English department launched a new M.A. format to meet the changing needs of students pursuing a degree. In place of a period-based M.A. exam as the culminating experience of the degree, students may write an M.A. thesis, complete a professional project, develop a pedagogy project, or combine a sequence of courses to meet their personal and professional goals.
The M.A. 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. 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 M.A. 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.
Although assistantships are not typically available for students pursuing an M.A. degree, a number of merit-based partial tuition scholarships are available.
Students with questions about the M.A. program should contact Dr. Angela Sorby, the director of graduate studies in English at firstname.lastname@example.org