- Applicants must meet the general requirements of the Graduate School;
- have a 3.0 grade point average in their previous English courses;
- Submit a 500 word statement of purpose explaining their goals or reasons for pursuing an MA in English as well as their skills, accomplishments, or experiences that suggest they will be able to succeed in the program.
- Applicants who are non-native speakers of English must score at least 600 (paper based test), 100 (internet based test) on the TOEFL examination OR a minimum overall band score of 7.5 on the IELTS examination.
There are three options leading to the Master of Arts degree in English: Plan A, which emphasizes literature, composition, and pedagogy, is especially designed for teachers; Plan B, which requires the student to submit a master’s thesis, places more emphasis on research, scholarly writing, and the independent study of literature; and Plan C, which emphasizes comprehensive and cohesive study of literature, is designed for students who wish to pursue advanced study of literature through coursework.
All three degree plans require the following core literature coursework: ENGL 700, Introduction to Graduate Study in English; two major author(s), genre or special topics classes; two courses from British Literature before 1900; one course in American literature before WWI; and one course in 20th/21st century studies—British, American or Anglophone. All three plans require a written comprehensive examination guided by their coursework and a standard suggested reading list.