College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences > Department of English > English, MA
In addition to meeting college’s graduate admission requirements , applicants must fulfill the following minimum requirements:
- A minimum of 18 semester hours in literature, writing, or linguistics at the undergraduate or post baccalaureate level, at least 12 hours of which must be upper division or above, with at least a 3.00 (A=4.00) grade point average.
- A minimum of 12 semester hours of a single foreign language or a demonstration of a reading knowledge of a single foreign language.
- A statement of intent (500 words minimum) and a critical writing sample.
- Three letters of recommendation, at least two of which must be from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic work.
- Two official transcripts of all previous university work.
- GRE General Aptitude score and, except for Applied English Linguistics applicants, GRE Advanced Subject (Code 64) score.
Consult the Department of English graduate office for additional information and more specific requirements.
Conditional admission may be granted to students whose overall grade point average on the last 60 hours of course credit is at least 2.67 (A=4.00), whose grade point average in the discipline is at least 3.00, and whose scores on the Graduate Record Examination are high enough to indicate probable success in the graduate program.
Students must complete a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate coursework in English. The program requires that coursework be distributed over the historical periods in English and American literature, bibliography and research methods, literary theory, and rhetoric. Specific requirements are as follows:
- 3 hours of Bibliography and Research Methods
- 3 hours of literary theory or rhetoric
- 30 hours of literature, including (1) at least 9 hours in early British and American literature, (2) at least 9 hours in later British and American literature, and (3) 12 hours of elective courses in literature, linguistics, literary theory, rhetoric, or Master’s Essay. Early British literature is defined as British literature before 1800 and early American literature is defined as American literature before 1865. Students must divide the required courses in early and later literature between British and American literature.