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Master of Arts in English Degree Plans

The English Department offers two options leading to the Master of Arts degree designed to prepare students for entry to the professional world or further graduate study:
  • Track A – Masters of Arts degree (thesis option – 30 semester credit hours, including 3 research hours for thesis) – in literature study with an emphasis in American, African-American, or British literature.
  • Track B – Masters of Arts degree (non-thesis option - 30 semester credit hours for non-thesis) – with a generalist concentration in literary studies. With the approval of the Department Chair and the instructor, the student will devote three credits to a “Directed Reading and Research” course resulting in two or more longer papers.

Degree Requirements

In order to earn a Master’s degree in English under Track A(thesis option), a candidate must complete the following departmental requirements:
  • Thirty hours of graduate work in English, including English 837 (Thesis in Progress), with an emphasis in African American, American, or British literature) , Required Core Courses: English 502, 533, and 638
  • Evidence that the student either has passed at least twelve semester hours of a foreign language or has a reading knowledge of some foreign language (such competency to be certified, through examination, by the Department of Foreign Languages)
  • A written comprehensive examination
  • End of program assessment that includes a comprehensive test, portfolio, and research completion and evaluation
  • An acceptable thesis based on an investigation of a subject approved by the Department and the University Graduate School
  • An oral defense of the thesis before the committee of graduate faculty advisors
  • A completed thesis approved by the University Graduate School
In order to earn a Master’s degree in English under Track B(non-thesis option), a candidate must complete the following departmental requirements:
  • Thirty hours of graduate work in English for a general concentration in literature, Required Core Courses: English 502, 533, and 638
  • Evidence that the student either has passed at least twelve semester hours of a foreign language or has a reading knowledge of a foreign language (such competency to be certified, through examination by the Department of Foreign Languages)
  • A written comprehensive examination
  • End of program assessment that includes the comprehensive examination, portfolio evaluation, and research completion
  • An acceptable portfolio of at least six seminar-length analyses covering each of the areas of required studies (American, African-American, British, Criticism, Directed Study) with the portfolio to be evaluated by members of the graduate faculty
  • An oral defense of the thesis before the committee of graduate faculty advisors
  • An oral review of the portfolio before the committee of graduate faculty advisors

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Master of Arts in English Two-Year Matriculation Plan

The student is expected to accomplish the following during the first year:
  1. Arrange to confer with the Graduate Dean for advisement on specific requirements.
  2. Demonstrate writing proficiency on the GRE or ENG 501.
  3. Fulfill the M.A. language requirement if you do not have four semesters of a foreign language for your B.A..
  4. Submit official final transcripts of the B.A. (and any graduate coursework to be transferred) to the TSU Registrar, Graduate School Office, and English Department.
  5. Form a committee of advisor and meet with them at least once a month.
  6. Take English core course requirements as soon as possible.
  7. Successfully complete 18 hours by the end of the first year.
The student is expected to accomplish the following during the second year:
  1. Meet with the committee of faculty advisors to determine needed course work and to meet all degree requirements and obligations, according to the Graduate School schedule.
  2. File a degree plan before the third semester in the program.
  3. Successfully complete the remaining hours of your degree plan.
  4. Schedule and take your oral examination in the final semester.
  5. Form a committee of advisors and meet with them at least once a month.
  6. Turn in the thesis and/or portfolio according to the Graduate School schedule. (This will allow time for the advisors to review and evaluate the work and to schedule a review of the portfolio or a defense of the thesis. This will also allow time for the candidate to incorporate recommended changes into the thesis.).
  7. Apply for graduation and follow all requirements as established by the University’s Graduate School Office.

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