Admission and Application Deadlines
Fall, Spring, Summer
Recommended: 6 months prior to beginning of the term
Meet admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies,
Hold an undergraduate major in English from an accredited college or university with a major average of 3.2 or better (on a 4.0 scale), or five appropriate upper-division courses in English with an average of 3.5 or better in those classes.
Academic paper on a subject in English using secondary sources and an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better.
Applicants with deficiencies in their undergraduate preparation may be required to take additional courses.
In order to be admitted into the program, non-native speakers of English must obtain a TOEFL score of IBT 100/CBT 250/PBT 600 or IELTS 7.5, TSE-A 68, or for conditional admission TOEFL score of 80/213/550, IELTS 6.5, or TSE-A 53. Students will be tested upon beginning the program and may be required to take ESL courses to improve their English skills.
The Department of English Language and Literatures offers a flexible M.A. program designed to meet various needs, including those of prospective or practicing high school or college English teachers, ESL specialists, professional writers, and pre-doctoral students. The program is structured around work in language, literature, and writing. Courses are regularly available in the standard areas of literature, linguistics, composition/rhetoric, professional writing, and gender studies, as well as in nontraditional and interdisciplinary studies. Elective options allow students to design programs to meet their educational goals. In addition to the course and thesis options, special options allow students to combine courses in literature or language with work in creative writing, professional writing, technical writing, women's studies, or the teaching of writing and literature, among others. The program in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), which includes linguistics and which may be pursued as an elective option, as an endorsement for certified public school teachers, or as a concentration in itself, prepares students to teach English to nonnative speakers. Details about the different offerings in the TESOL program are available in the departmental office. Interdisciplinary options allow work in programs like reading, communications, religion studies, or history. Internships within the various options prepare students for professional writing careers, for college teaching, or for positions in special collections, archives, and private and rare book libraries by offering on-the-job experience at appropriate sites. Full-time or part-time study is possible.