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Master of Arts in English

The Master of Arts degree in English provides a comprehensive overview of the practice of contemporary literary studies by training students in the advanced research methods used to analyze language and literature. The flexible degree program, which includes a fully online option, is designed to meet the needs of a wide variety of degree candidates, as it serves students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. as well as returning teachers seeking professional certification and those interested in careers in publishing or related fields.

Requirements for Admission

  1. General admission to graduate study.
  2. Completion of an undergraduate major or minor in English.
  3. A minimum GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate English courses above the freshman level, to have included 12 credits of upper division English and American literature courses.
  4. One of the following:
    a) A minimum score of 146 verbal section and 140 quantitative section of the GRE.
    b) Students may circumvent taking the GRE and will be unconditionally admitted if, after completing 12 credit hours at MSU in English, which must include a required Major Author course, they achieve an MSU GPA of 3.75 or higher, with no grade lower than "B.
    c) If students fail to achieve a 3.75 after completing 12 credit hours at MSU in English, which must include a Major Author course, or receive a grade lower than "B," they have the option of taking the GRE, and if student then meet the English MA program's GRE cut scores, they will be granted unconditional admission.

Requirements for the Degree

1. Satisfy general degree requirements.
2. Maintain a 3.0 GPA in all English courses; a maximum of two C's will be accepted for credit toward the degree.
3. Satisfactory performance on the M.A. in English examination. (No student may take the exam more than twice.)
4. A minimum of 33 graduate hours, with at least 27 hours in English and no more than six hours in one other field. The 27 graduate hours in English are to include the following minimum requirements: three hours in major author coursework, three hours in writing, three hours in linguistics, and 12 hours in literature, with at least three hours in British and three hours in American literature. Only three hours of ENG 676 may count toward the completion of the M.A. program in English.
5. Thesis option: in place of two elective graduate courses, students may complete a thesis (six hours) and an oral defense.

Program Requirements and Required Core

Major Author - Choose three hours from list below:

ENG 634Chaucer3
ENG 635Topics in Shakespeare3
ENG 636Major American Author3
ENG 637Major British Author3
ENG 638Milton3
Subtotal:3


Writing - Choose three hours from list below:

ENG 612Theories of Teaching Writing3
ENG 683Advanced Poetry Writing3
ENG 684Advanced Fiction Writing3
ENG 690Technical Writing3
Subtotal:3


Linguistics - Choose three hours from list below:

ENG 601Semantics3
ENG 604Linguistics: Grammar3
ENG 680English Syntax3
ENG 685Psycholinguistics3
ENG 697Sociolinguistics3
Subtotal:3


American Literature - Choose three hours from list below:

ENG 619American Renaissance3
ENG 620American Poetry3
ENG 622American Novels3
ENG 624American Literature in Perspective3
ENG 636Major American Author3
ENG 639African-American Literature3
ENG 661Studies in American Literary Periods3
ENG 663American Fiction3
Subtotal:


British Literature - Choose three hours from list below:

ENG 630Topics in British Literature3
ENG 632The British Novel3
ENG 633Old English Literature3
ENG 634Chaucer3
ENG 635Topics in Shakespeare3
ENG 637Major British Author3
ENG 638Milton3
ENG 645Renaissance Literature3
ENG 647Restoration and Eighteenth Century British Literature3
ENG 648Romantic Period3
ENG 650Victorian Period3
ENG 652Twentieth Century British Literature3
Subtotal:3


Additional Literature - Choose six hours from list below:

ENG 619American Renaissance3
ENG 620American Poetry3
ENG 622American Novels3
ENG 624American Literature in Perspective3
ENG 628Literary Theory3
ENG 630Topics in British Literature3
ENG 632The British Novel3
ENG 633Old English Literature3
ENG 634Chaucer3
ENG 635Topics in Shakespeare3
ENG 636Major American Author3
ENG 637Major British Author3
ENG 638Milton3
ENG 645Renaissance Literature3
ENG 647Restoration and Eighteenth Century British Literature3
ENG 648Romantic Period3
ENG 650Victorian Period3
ENG 652Twentieth Century British Literature3
ENG 653Modern Drama3
ENG 655Early Dramatic Literature3
ENG 661Studies in American Literary Periods3
ENG 663American Fiction3
ENG 666Contemporary Literature3
ENG 670Film and Literature3
Subtotal:6


Electives

Six hours from ENG6
Subtotal:6


Complete one of the following groups:


Thesis

ENG 699Thesis6
Subtotal:6


Nonthesis

Six hours from any department6
Subtotal:6


TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 33

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