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/MFA Graduate Advisor. Graduate Advising is located in CU 306.

For an advising appointment, please contact Erin Kiley at or 561-297-3830.

Courses and Concentrations

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

  1. Research Methods for Advanced Literary Study (ENG 6009)
  2. Literary Criticism I (ENG 5018)  OR  Literary Criticism II (ENG 5019)

The department offers two concentrations for students who wish to specialize in either 1) Science Fiction/Fantasy or 2). Rhetoric and Composition.  

MA students must also fulfill three historical coverage requirements:

  1. one Medieval and/or Early Modern (pre-1700) course
  2. one 18th and/or 19th century (1700-1900) course
  3. one 20th and/or 21st century (1900-present) course.

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 two 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 or comprehensive exam 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 or exam credit hours before their coursework has been completed, if 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." Students may opt to take a comprehensive exam in lieu of completing a thesis. The exam committee (a Chair and two other members) must be chosen before the student can enroll in exam hours.

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) by taking LIN 6107: History of the English Language (this class also counts as an elective in the degree), or by taking Readings for Research, a pass/fail class that satisfies the forgein langauge requirement, but does not count as an elective. 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.

Graduation deadlines and information for MA graduate students can be found here. Information on funding and other opportunities can be found here. Please see the MA advising checklist 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.