Graduate Requirements for all Master's degree Programs in English

  • Both programs require a minimum of 30 graduate-level credit hours.
  • All students must receive a B or better in all graduate courses earned toward the degree. In order to enroll in ENGL 691 Thesis Completion or ENED 692 Action Research Thesis Completion, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or B+.
  • All students must successfully complete a degree project: submission and oral defense of a thesis or action research thesis; a grade of "pass" or above on a comprehensive examination; submission of a critical essay to an approved professional publication in the field of English studies.
  • All students must submit a portfolio as part of their assignments in the program capstone course, ENGL 695 Graduate Seminar in Professional Studies. Candidates for professional certification must complete at least one structured field experience, documentation of which must be included within the portfolio, and register for ENED 601 concurrently with ENGL 695 in their final semester.
  • Students are assigned a faculty advisor at the time of their admission to the program and are encouraged to meet regularly with him/her. Students' progress will be reviewed after their first 13.5 hours of course work to determine eligibility for ongoing study. A mandatory advising session will provide feedback to students on their progress in the program and help to consolidate the student’s choice of degree project.
  • Students may, with the chairperson's approval, transfer up to 6 credit hours of graduate-level credit from another department or institution. Such credit will only be given for courses in which the student has earned a B or better; such courses may not be more than five years old, unless an extension is granted by the chair.
  • Some courses are variable content courses and may be taken more than once for credit; those that may not be taken more than once for credit include: ENGL 500, ENED 554, ENGL/ENED 690, ENGL 691, ENED 692, ENGL 695.

Requirements

A. All students/candidates are required to take 18 hours distributed among the following (all courses are 3 credits each unless otherwise indicated):

ENGL 500Introduction to Graduate Studies in English

3

ENGL 502Directed Study

1.5

One course from each "stream" category: Texts, Contexts, and Theories (see announced course offerings for topics)

9

ENGL 690Advanced Research Seminar

3

ENGL 695Graduate Seminar in Professional Studies

1.5

For certification candidates, ENED 554 and ENED 665 may be included in these 9 credit hours

ENGL 502 and ENGL 695: 1.5 credit hours

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B-1. For candidates in the Master of Arts program in English: 18 hours of coursework outlined in part A (see above) plus 12 additional credit hours of electives chosen in combination from among the following:

Additional course from at least two of the three streams

Up to one additional directed study

Up to 3 credits of internship

ENGL 691Thesis Research II

3

ENGL 691: or other degree project completion

B-2. For candidates in the Master of Arts in English 7-12 program for professional certification: 18 credit hours of core coursework outlined in part A (see above) plus 12 additional credit hours as follows:

ENED 554Teaching Writing in the Secondary School

3

ENED 665Studies in English Education

3

Additional courses from at least two of the three streams

Up to one additional directed study

Up to 3 credits of internship

ENED 692Action Research Thesis Completion

3

ENED 554, and ENED 665: required as one of the stream courses

ENED 692: other degree project completion