MA Program Requirements

Our program is continually growing in diversity and options, including the possible selection of a concentration of study. As a result, students pursuing the MA in English should be advised in their selection of courses on a regular basis in order to assure progress toward the degree. Courses require prior approval in order to count in the program. This advice should be sought from the MA Graduate Advisor. Graduate Advising is located in CU 306.

For an advising appointment, please contact Mary Sheffield-Gentry at or 561-297-2974.

Courses and Concentrations

MA students must take the three "core" courses designated in the catalog:

  1. Principles and Problems of Literary Study (must be taken in first semester or first term available)
  2. Criticism I or II
  3. History of the English Language        

Students must also select one of four concentrations:

  1. Multicultural and World Literacies 
  2. British and American Literature
  3. Science Fiction and Fantasy
  4. Rhetoric and Composition

For our course offerings and which concentrations they satisfy, please see our current listings and consult with the advisor about semester offerings. There remains a small range of English electives in addition to work in the concentration and the three major courses. All work is to be selected from offerings in the English Department unless there is clear need to pursue work outside the Department, as, for instance, a student whose thesis explores certain areas of philosophy might take advantage of relevant offerings in the Department of Philosophy.

Students in the Master's program may enroll for thesis credit before their coursework has been completed, and they have filed a Plan of Study form with Graduate Studies (Plan of Study forms must be completed after 15 hours of coursework). Master's thesis credit may not be earned before commitment to a thesis topic and selection of the thesis committee (a Chair and two other members). This selection must be on record in the student's file the first term of registration for thesis hours, or else the grade for those hours will be recorded as "unsatisfactory."

Other matters of advisement, which should be cleared with the advisor, might include stipulations about a student's completing prerequisite work before beginning work for the degree. If the student has not already satisfied the foreign language requirement upon admission, it should be fulfilled (by exam or course) early in the program. Students holding the Teaching Assistantship are required by the University to take nine credits and teach two courses (or receive an equivalent assignment) each term; since thesis hours may not be taken before naming of a committee, this admittedly demanding load might be relieved by enrolling in the Teaching Colloquium, which does not count as hours toward the degree and requires approval. 

Graduation deadlines and information for MA graduate students can be found here. Information on funding and other opportunities can be found here.

No course with a grade below "B-" (2.67) will count toward the Master's degree, and students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 ("B") for graduation.