Sep 26, 2021  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

English, M.A.

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Master of Arts

The Department of English offers three master’s degree programs:

  1. Master of Arts, Concentration in Literary Studies;
  2. Master of Arts, Concentration in Rhetoric and Composition; and
  3. Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (M.F.A.).


Applicants should be aware that admission is competitive and that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the M.A. program. Before entering the program a student must have completed a bachelor’s degree with a major in English or its equivalent from an accredited college or university with at least a B average (3.0) in the undergraduate major. The Department of English admits students to its M.A. programs in the spring and fall semesters of the academic year; admission to the M.F.A. program occurs only in the fall semester. The Director of Graduate Studies in English will consider only complete admission files. Applicants are responsible for seeing that their admission files are complete by the deadlines for admission published in the current edition of this catalog.

The applicant should supply the following materials:

  1. A statement of purpose that includes a brief explanation of what the student hopes to accomplish, a clear indication of which degree program the applicant is seeking admission to, and (if the applicant has not yet completed a bachelor’s degree) an indication of the term in which the applicant expects to receive the degree;
  2. Transcripts of all previous college or university work. Students should upload unofficial transcripts from every post-secondary institution directly to the application. Any student offered admission will need to have official transcripts sent to the Office of Graduate Services.
  3. Two letters of recommendation sent directly from persons who testify to the applicant’s ability to do graduate work;
  4. A critical writing sample of approximately eight to twelve pages. The critical sample is not required for the M.F.A.
  5. Applications for the M.F.A. program must also contain the following: competitive scores (no more than five years old) on the general GRE test; a portfolio consisting of a minimum of 10 poems; or two or three works of fiction totaling no fewer than 30 and no more than 50 pages. One of the two or three fiction samples may be an excerpt of a longer work (novel, novella, etc.), and you may include short-short/flash fiction, but we ask that you send at least one complete, stand-alone example of your short fiction of 15 pages or more. On the first page of the creative sample, the applicant should list her or his name, email address, phone number, and program she or he is applying to (M.F.A. Fiction, M.F.A. Poetry.)