Master of Arts in English Requirements
The department offers two plans of study leading to the degree:

  • Plan A, which requires eight courses together with a comprehensive exam, and a thesis.
  • Plan B, which requires ten courses together with a comprehensive exam and an essay.

Students taking Plan B have the option of including one of two writing tracks in their degree program: Creative Writing or Composition and Rhetorical Studies.

1. Course Requirements:

Students are required to take at least three courses that examine pre-1800 materials and at least three courses that examine post-1800 materials. Students who have selected one of the writing tracks will substitute writing workshops or related classes for four courses in literary periods.

2. Comprehensive Exam:

Students choose one period for the comprehensive exam from seven historical time periods. Those completing the Creative Writing track or Composition and Rhetoric track substitute an exam in one of these areas for the exam in one historical time period. See the M.A. in English Handbook for the comprehensive exam reading lists.

**The comprehensive exams for the 2013-2014 academic year will be held on 25 January 2014, 10AM-12PM. E-mail Dr. Rosenthal no later than 15 November 2013 to tell her which exam you plan to take.**

3. Essay or Thesis:

Those completing eight courses (Plan A) write a thesis of 60 to 100 pages; those completing ten courses (Plan B) write an essay of 25 to 30 pages.

For more details access a current copy of the Master of Arts in English Handbook (PDF).