Master of Arts (MA) in English

University of North Carolina Wilmington
Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
Master's Degree
Study mode
2 years
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Entry Requirements

  • 30 of the required 36 hours must be taken in residence.

  • All students are required to take English 501: Introduction to Research Methods in English. In addition, all students are required to take either English 502: Introduction to Literary Theory or English 552: Rhetoric and Culture. Beyond the two required courses, students are encouraged to consult with the Graduate Coordinator to tailor their program of study to their personal and professional needs.
  • Students may select a thesis or non-thesis option. Students pursuing the thesis option must complete 30 semester hours of graduate course work, register for ENG 599 thesis (6 hours) in their last two semesters, and present and defend a thesis, acceptable to the student's thesis committee, prior to graduation. Students pursuing the non-thesis option will complete 36 hours of graduate course work.
  • As many as 6 of the 36 hours may be transferred from another accredited institution, subject to the approval of the English Department's Graduate Coordinator. A student enrolled in the UNCW English Graduate Program who wished to take one or more graduate English courses elsewhere for graduate credit must obtain prior approval from the Graduate Coordinator and the Dean of the Graduate School.
  • Students may substitute one course (3 hours) from outside the department for an English course with the prior approval of the Graduate Coordinator.
  • Students must successfully complete a qualifying written comprehensive examination. Normally the examination is taken in the third semester of full-time enrollment.
  • All degree requirements must be completed within five calendar years.


  • Literary Theory
  • Practice of Teaching Composition
  • Age of Chaucer, Elizabeth, and Milton
  • Studies in Short Fiction and Nonfiction
  • Topics in Literature
  • Theory and Practice of Cultural Studies
  • Studies in the Novel, Poetry, Drama and Linguistics
  • English Grammar for ESL Teaching
  • Rhetoric and Culture
  • Language, Meaning and Culture
  • Qualitative Research in English Studies
  • Theory and Practice of Technical Communications
  • Pedagogies of Reading and Writing
  • Studies in British and American Literature
  • Studies in Children's/Young Adult Literature
  • Studies in Literary Criticism

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