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January 15 is the deadline for fall enrollment and October 1 is the deadline for spring enrollment consideration.
Review the MA in English handbook to find out if the program is right for you.
Earn a master's degree in English (M.A.) and get a a deeper understanding of how literature, theory, language and culture can be made relevant in the modern world. Faculty members take their roles as mentors very seriously, giving students the careful attention that helps them define and achieve their professional goals.
Applicants to the master's program must have an undergraduate major or minor in English or its equivalent from an accredited college or university and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Potential applicants who do not meet these minimum requirements should talk with the director of graduate studies to determine which undergraduate English courses to take should they wish to prepare for graduate studies in English.
For the M.A. program, candidates are accepted for fall (January 15 deadline) and spring (October 1 deadline) semester admission.
Applicants are required to submit for Department of English graduate committee approval:
The graduate application system in the U.S. tends to be an open application process. Rather than arranging to work with a particular scholar in advance of applying, students generally apply to programs by following the application instructions on the program website. If they are admitted, then they approach a faculty member in the department to supervise their studies.
Teaching assistant positions also are available to M.A. students on a competitive basis. Teaching assistants in the Department of English receive an annual stipend, health insurance and a tuition waiver. Teaching assistants teach three courses per year (2/1 or 1/2 depending on departmental needs), typically in the Core Writing program. New applicants to the English Graduate Program are automatically considered for a teaching assistantship when they apply for admission, unless the applicant specifies they do not wish to be considered. No separate application is needed.
A teaching assistantship in the M.A. program may be held for a maximum of two years. The M.A. degree must be completed within six years from the time you first earn graduate credits that you apply toward the degree. This timeline represents a very general model for your progress toward the degree. The key is to be aware of what you’re doing, keep medium and long-range goals in mind and consult frequently with your mentor/chair.