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(Please note that when conferring University Graduate School degrees, minors, certificates, and sub-plans, The University Graduate School’s staff use those requirements contained only in The University Graduate School Bulletin.)



Degrees Offered

Graduate Certificate in Composition Studies, Graduate Certificate in Language and Literature, Graduate Certificate in Literature, Master of Arts

Special Departmental Requirements

See also general University Graduate School requirements.

Graduate Certificates and Master of Arts (online collaborative)

The online collaborative graduate certificates in Composition Studies; Language and Literature; and Literature and the online collaborative MA English are offered by multiple IU campuses in partnership with IU Online. See the Online Collaborative English program section for information and requirements.

Master of Arts

Admission Requirements

The Master of Arts in English is designed for students who performed well academically in undergraduate programs in English, Communication, Education, Humanities, or related fields.  A bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 or higher from an accredited institution is required for admission to the M.A. in English.

Master of Arts in English

Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts in English program delivers a quality graduate program in a flexible format that offers a choice of both face-to-face and online courses.  The program offers expertise in range of English studies including literary analysis, composition and rhetoric, and creative writing.  Students design a program of study that meets their professional and personal goals through strategic selection of seven elective courses.  The M.A. degree opens opportunities for teaching English in secondary and post- secondary positions.  The M.A. degree provides an academic foundation suitable for a wide range of careers in areas such as professional writing, public relations, information industries, and a range of corporations needing writing specialists.  The degree also provides continuation of personal enrichment and intellectual study. In order to complete the program, students fulfill the following course requirements detailed below.

M.A. Course Requirements (36 credit hours)

  • L506 Introduction to Methods of Criticism and Research (4 cr.)
  • Seven elective courses, with emphasis in literature or composition and rhetoric
  • Capstone: W609 Independent Writing Project (4 cr.)

Foreign Language Requirement

There is no foreign language requirement. 

Transfer Credits

Candidates may be permitted to transfer up to two graduate courses or 8 credit hours from another graduate institution (or from previous graduate work at IUE) if those courses demonstrably contribute to the work required for the English M.A. Unless transfer courses are clearly equivalent to the required core courses for the M.A., those courses will be counted as electives. Candidates should include in the application a request to transfer courses, a brief description of each course identifying how it contributes to the English M.A., and supporting documentation such as syllabi, assignments, papers, or other relevant material.

Academic Regulations

Students must confer with their academic advisors on a regular basis to determine an effective course of study. An average grade of B (3.0) is required for graduation, and no course with a grade lower than B– (2.7) will be counted toward the degree. Students are required to maintain good academic standing, i.e., to maintain a G.P.A. of at least 3.0. A student whose G.P.A. drops below 3.0 must restore it to 3.0 within 9 credit hours. Failure to maintain good standing will result in dismissal from the program.

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