• Master of Arts in English

    In addition to the general admission requirements, applicants to the Master of Arts in English must have either earned an undergraduate degree in English or completed at least 18 semester credit hours of English courses, not counting first-year English composition classes or English for English Language Learners, at an accredited institution of higher education. Applicants without undergraduate training in the English discipline are strongly advised to take survey courses in American and English literature and a course in undergraduate literary theory as part of the required 18 undergraduate credits.

    The program has the following convenient features:

    • A part-time evening schedule
    • A rolling admission that allows students to start their studies in any semester
    • Possibility of transferring in up to 12 credits of graduate work after coordinator review
    • Note: transfer credits may include coursework taken at Worcester State University prior to matriculation.
    Requirements of the Program

    I. English Foundation courses
    • EN 901 Methods of Graduate Research: 3 credits
    • EN 902 Approaches to the Literary Experience: 3 credits

    II. English Elective courses
    Students will select, with the approval of a graduate advisor, 21 credits from the graduate English courses listed in the catalog.
    III. Additional electives
    Students will select, with the approval of a graduate advisor, 6 graduate credits in English or another area.
    IV. Thesis/Exam Option
    Upon completion of their course work, candidates must successfully fulfill a last requirement in the form of either two substantial area examinations or a thesis. While the general focus of the examinations and the thesis must deal with literature and/or rhetoric, the individual student and his or her advisor together will decide on the specific subject(s) to be explored.
    Thesis option EN 999 is a 3-credit option in place of an elective course.

    Total Credits: 33