A master's degree in English emphasizes the value of expanding one's knowledge of literature and literary periods. The emphasis of the coursework is on developing advanced analytical skills and academic writing conventions. You will get the chance to practice research and revision while growing as an independent scholar.
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- A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
- At least 30 semester hours of graduate-level courses including the thesis (3 hours)
- The distribution of course requirements is outlined in the Graduate Catalogue and the Graduate Student Handbook.
- Successful completion of a reading proficiency examination in a foreign language
- Successful completion of a comprehensive written examination
- Successful completion of an oral examination associated with the thesis defense or our new non-thesis project
To qualify for admission, a student must submit the following items with the completed application form and the application fee:
- Two official, original, sealed transcripts of the student’s academic record from all institutions of higher education attended (undergraduate and graduate); transcripts may also be delivered to the University electronically by the Registrar of the institutions you have attended
- Two completed Applicant Evaluation/Recommendation Forms from two different individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic work (forms are provided with the application)
- Official scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Note: not currently required
- The applicant’s statement of purpose (included in the graduate application form)
- A writing sample of 7–10 pages demonstrating the applicant’s ability to write a critical literary analysis with appropriate MLA textual citation of sources
- A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0
Additional Requirements for International Students