Master's in English

Deepen your knowledge of literatures

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.

 

30

Credit Hours

2

Years to Complete

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Accelerated Degree Program

 

 

 

 

Our new master of arts program

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.

Choose your master's track

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:

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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 6210 (Beginnings to 1500)
    • ENGL 6215 (16th and 17th Century Literature)
    • ENGL 6220 (Studies in Shakespeare)
    • ENGL 6300 (The Long 18th Century)
    • ENGL 6400 (Studies in 19th Century British Literature)
    • ENGL 6500 (Studies in 20th Century British Literature)
    • ENGL 6700 (Studies in 20th Century American Literature)
    • ENGL 6710 (Twenty-First Century Literatures)
    • ENGL 6720 (Studies in Transatlantic Literatures)
    • ENGL 6730 (Studies in Transnational Literatures)
    • ENGL 6800 (Studies in Genre)
    • ENGL 6810 (Studies in the History of Literary Criticism)
    • ENGL 6820 (Studies in Modern Critical Theory and Practice)
    • ENGL 6830 (Studies in Literary Criticism)
    • ENGL 6931 (Topics in English)

Electives – 9 credits (a minimum of 6 credits of which need to be from ENGL Literature courses) and which can be chosen from:

    • ENGL elective courses 5000-6000-level
    • One graduate level (cognate) course from outside ENGL, with permission from the Director of Graduate Studies
    • ENGL 6840 -Studies in Rhetoric and Composition Theory- 3 credits] by consent of the Director of Graduate Studies and recommended for those students who may be considering pursuing a Ph.D. degree

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.

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

    • ENGL 6210 (Beginnings to 1500)
    • ENGL 6215 (16th and 17th Century Literature)
    • ENGL 6220 (Studies in Shakespeare)
    • ENGL 6300 (The Long 18th Century)
    • ENGL 6400 (Studies in 19th Century British Literature)
    • ENGL 6500 (Studies in 20th Century British Literature)
    • ENGL 6700 (Studies in 20th Century American Literature)
    • ENGL 6710 (Twenty-First Century Literatures)
    • ENGL 6720 (Studies in Transatlantic Literatures)
    • ENGL 6730 (Studies in Transnational Literatures)
    • ENGL 6800 (Studies in Genre)
    • ENGL 6810 (Studies in the History of Literary Criticism)
    • ENGL 6820 (Studies in Modern Critical Theory and Practice
    • ENGL 6830 (Studies in Literary Criticism)
    • ENGL 6931 (Topics in English)

Electives (15 credits) – a minimum of 6 credits of which need to be from ENGL Literature courses and which can be chosen from:

    • ENGL elective courses 5000-6000-level.
    • ENGL 6995, a culminating project to be developed in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies and an assigned faculty mentor (3 credits)
    • Up to two graduate level (cognate) courses (6 credits) from outside ENGL, with permission from the Director of Graduate Studies
    • ENGL 6840 -Studies in Rhetoric and Composition Theory- 3 credits] by consent of the Director of graduate Studies and recommended for those students who may be considering pursuing a Ph.D. degree

Providing affordable graduate education in the humanities

The Graduate School is providing a new tuition model for all incoming students in humanities graduate programs for Fall 2020. Take advantage of our three-year pilot program, which includes a 57-percent reduction in the student credit hour rate, resulting in a $500 per credit hour rate for students in the following master of arts programs: Christian Doctrine, English, Foreign Languages, History, Theology and Philosophy


 

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Application Deadline

Students typically begin their studies in the fall of each academic year. This program has rolling admission, which means you may apply any time before the following dates:

  • Fall term admissions- August 1 (June 1 for international applicants)
  • Spring term admissions- December 15 (October 15 for international applicants)

Application Requirements

Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.

  • A completed application form and fee online.
  • Copies of all colleges/university transcripts except Marquette.1
  • At least two letters of recommendation (three are preferred).
  • A statement of purpose. The best personal statement summarizes your academic interests and achievements and your career goals. Emphasize strengths that may not otherwise be obvious from your application file.  
  • One or two writing samples.
  • For international applicants only: TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.

1Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record. 

Financial Aid

Merit-based aid (graduate assistantships/fellowships) is available. Teaching and research assistantships are available to candidates for both degrees on a competitive basis. Private scholarships may also be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.


Trinity Fellows Program

Students interested in the English master's programs may want to consider applying for the Trinity Fellows Program as well. Trinity Fellows is a graduate fellowship program dedicated to developing urban leaders with a commitment to social and economic justice. Trinity Fellows participate in a 21-month study/ work program while earning a master's degree. Those who have completed a full-time service program (minimum 10 months), and/or have worked for 2+ years in the nonprofit sector are eligible to apply. Details and instructions to apply are found on the Trinity Fellows website.