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How do I apply to the online program?

All students who apply to a graduate program at MSU complete the same graduate application form, which can be accessed online. All completed forms are processed by the graduate office and passed along to individual programs. Because the online M.A. is only a different delivery option, not a distinct program in and of itself, students do not have to specify “online MA” on the application form. All they need to do is apply to the M.A. in English program. Once they are admitted to the program, they can then take all of their coursework online.

What are the admission requirements for the online degree?

The admission requirements for the online degree are the same as those for the traditional degree. In order to be unconditionally admitted to the program, students must have: (a) general admission to graduate study, (b) an undergraduate major or minor in English, (c) a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 on all undergraduate English courses above a freshman level, (d) an accumulated (or a total of) 12 credits of upper-division English and American literature courses completed prior to admission, and (e) a minimum score of 400 on the verbal section and 400 on the quantitative section of the GRE. This will change in November—we’ll note the new numbers when we get the concordance

What if I do not yet meet the admission requirements?

Requisite GRE scores: Students may be admitted conditionally to the MA in English program if they have not yet taken the GRE. Students who are conditionally admitted may take up to 12 hours of courses until they are able to meet the GRE requirement. Conditionally admitted students should take the GRE as soon as possible and not wait until the end of the 12 hours to do so. Please note that the completion of 12 hours of course work as a conditionally admitted student does not guarantee full admission to the program.

A major/minor in English: Students whose undergraduate transcripts do not contain a major or minor in English, but whose undergraduate transcripts reflect course work that parallels the Morehead State undergraduate minor in English, may be admitted.

Students who lack the basic coursework in English required for admission may take the undergraduate classes needed to give them the equivalent of a minor in English. These classes should be taken prior to application for admission.

A 3.0 in upper-division English classes: Students who do not maintain a 3.0 in upper-division classes will not be admitted to the program.

What are the technological requirements for completing an online class or program?

Online courses at MSU are offered through the Blackboard delivery system. A wealth of information about Blackboard is available on MSU’s Blackboard Website, which includes browser requirements, helpful links for students new to blackboard, and information about the university’s technical support center.

What type of course offerings are available online?

The English department currently offers 23 courses that enable a student to fulfill all of the program requirements for the M.A. completely online. Although the vast majority of our students are part-time, a “virtual” full-time student could complete the entire program within a two-year period. For more on available courses, please see the Course Rotation.

THE CATALOG LISTS SOME CLASSES AS "ON DEMAND"--DOES THIS MEAN THAT THEY ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST?

No. "On demand" is just the catch-all term for any course that cannot be neatly fit into a standard two-year rotation. Because many of our courses are on a 2.5 or 3 year rotation, we designate them as "on demand." Although we frequently recalibrate our course offerings by analyzing previous enrollment patterns and student requests, we are not able to offer "a la carte" courses for individual students.

The English MA has open enrollment—does that mean that I can get into classes whenever I want?

No. Open enrollment refers to the fact that there are no deadlines for application for graduate study. Acceptance to the program, though, does not necessarily equal open positions in upcoming classes. Our online offerings often fill up in the first days of advanced registration, so any student who is admitted after those dates (dates which can be found within the “Class Schedule” on the Registrar’s site) must either place his/her name on a waitlist and hope for the best or plan to attend the following semester.

Although some students express concern that they cannot walk into a class the moment they have been admitted, they soon come to realize that the flexibility of our “open” program more than makes up for any initial inconvenience. Instead of micro-managing enrollment by forcing all prospective students to apply at a set time before pre-registration and requiring existing students to sign up for a proscribed number of hours each term to work their way through the program, we just let students know that they may encounter some registration difficulties their initial semester and encourage them to utilize early registration every subsequent term they choose to take classes.

Do students who register after the advanced registration period have any hope of getting into classes?

Yes, but only if they place their names on waitlists, which offer students a chance to enroll in a class if other students drop. Waitlists do not guarantee positions, but they do offer possibilities, so it is always wise to add your name to the waitlist of a course that you wish to take. 

Whom do I contact for more information?

If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact the graduate coordinator,  MAinenglish@moreheadstate.edu  


 

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