English M.A.

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Minimum Requirements for English M.A.: 30 credits

General University Requirements
Complete the graduate general university requirements.
Master’s Degree Requirements
Complete the master's degree requirements.
As part of the master's degree requirements, complete the following:
ENGL F699Thesis6
Pass a written examination based on a reading list developed by the student and the committee 1
Students may advance to candidacy when their advisory committee deems that they have made satisfactory progress toward completion of their degree.
Pass an oral defense of the thesis.
English Program Requirements
Complete the following:
ENGL F601Theory, Criticism and Methods 23
Complete one of the following:3
Teaching College Composition 3
Approved ENGL F600-level elective course
Complete two of the following:6
Studies in British Literature: Old and Middle English
Studies in British Literature: Renaissance and 17th-Century
Studies in British Literature: Restoration and 18th Century
Studies in British Literature: 19th Century
Complete two of the following:6
Studies in American Literature to 1865
Studies in American Literature from 1865-1918
Studies in American Literature after 1918
Images of the North
Complete one of the following:3
Studies in British Literature After 1900
Studies in Comparative Literature
Contemporary Literature
Additional approved elective3
Total Credits30

The examination should be taken in the student's third semester in the M.A. program and will be held on a Saturday approximately one month into the spring semester.


Students are required to take ENGL F601 in their first year of study.


Required if you are a teaching assistant or planning to teach.

Note: A student may petition the Thesis Advisory Committee and the department chair to take up to 6 credit hours of approved individual study to be applied toward the English M.A. electives requirement.

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Admission Requirements 

Complete the following admission requirement:

  • Submit an academic writing sample.

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Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.

  • This roadmap should be used in conjunction with regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor or mentor each semester.
  • Some courses and milestones must be completed in the semester listed to ensure timely graduation.
  • Transfer credit may change the roadmap.
  • Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.
  • Courses with (*) are recommended.
First Year
ENGL F603, F604, F606, or F607263ENGL F601203
ENGL F685 (*)203ENGL F608, F614, or F615263
 ENGL F609, F611, F612, or F620263
 6 9
Second Year
ENGL F603, F604, F606, or F607263ENGL F609, F611, F612, or F620263
ENGL F699203ENGL F699203
Program Elective3 
 9 6
Total Credits 30

Footnote Definitions

General Education Requirements Degree Requirements Program & Other Requirements
1--Communication 8--Alaska Native-themed 20--Program Requirement
2--Arts 9--Communication 21--Capstone Requirement
3--Humanities 10--Computation 22--Concentration Course
4--Social Sciences 11--Ethics 23--General Elective
5--Additional Arts, Humanities or Social Sciences 12--Humanities 24--Minor Course
6--Mathematics 13--Human Relations 25--Upper Division
7--Natural Sciences 14--Humanities or Social Sciences 26--Program Elective
15--Library & Information Research
17--Natural Sciences
19--Social Sciences

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Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes are measurable statements that describe knowledge or skills achieved by students upon completion of the program.

Students graduating from this program will be able to:

  • Situate literary and nonliterary texts in English within broad historical, cultural, and theoretical contexts; recognize appropriate literary conventions; and interpret particular texts using close reading
  • Write clearly and engagingly about literary and nonliterary texts and be able to produce sustained, coherent arguments at an appropriate level of sophistication
  • Be adequately prepared for the next step in their professional lives if going on to work or further study in the field of English