English Degree Requirements

The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined in The Graduate School Policy Guide.

Master's

Nine courses, at least five of which must be at the graduate level (400 or 500-level).

  • Up to four courses can be from the list of approved upper-level undergraduate courses (300-level).
  • Up to three courses may be taken in related departments.
Courses Units
400- or 500-level courses (minimum) 5
Approved 300-level courses (maximum) 4
The nine courses above are subject to the following additional restrictions:
Seminars in related departments; can be at the 400-level or, with approval, the 300-level 3
400-level English Department courses focusing on pre-1800 literature (must be at the 400-level, ENGLISH 499: Independent Study is not an option) 2
400-level English Department courses focusing on post-1800 literature (must be at the 400-level, ENGLISH 499: Independent Study is not an option) 2
Total required units: 9

Other MA Degree Requirements:

  • Examinations: none specified
  • Capstone Essay: The Capstone Essay will normally be a 20-25 page expanded version of an essay written for a 400-level English Department graduate seminar.
  • Final Evaluations: none specified
  • Other: none

The MA is a terminal degree and is in no way linked to admission to the PhD program. MA students wishing to enter the PhD program must apply to that program.

PhD

Courses Units
ENGLISH 410 Introduction to Graduate Study 1
400-level English Department courses focusing on pre-1800 literature (must be at the 400-level, ENGLISH 499: Independent Study is not an option) 4
400-level English Department courses focusing on post-1800 literature (must be at the 400-level, ENGLISH 499: Independent Study is not an option) 4
Electives (including ENGLISH 490: Independent Reading, ENGLISH 499: Independent Study, and ENGLISH 570: Seminar on Teaching College Composition) 18
Total required units: 27

Other PhD Degree Requirements:

  • Examinations: first-year review; for admission to candidacy, language examination to demonstrate competence in a language other than English, two-part qualifying examination in area of specialization, and submission of approved dissertation prospectus by end of third year
  • PhD Dissertation: must be completed within nine years after original matriculation, though faster completion strongly urged
  • Final Evaluations: defense of dissertation
  • Other: instructional duties as designated by department