Master of Arts in English

The Master of Arts degree in English emphasizes instruction in grammar and history of the language, composition, English literature, American literature, and continental literature. The program is designed for teachers and others who anticipate the need for extensive knowledge of language and literature.

Master of Arts in English--Total Semester Hours=36

Admission Requirements

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  2. A satisfactory score on the General Test (verbal, quantitative, and analytical) of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The GRE should be completed prior to the first long semester of enrollment. Students who do not have satisfactory scores on the GRE may still be admitted upon the condition that they obtain a grade of "A" in the following two courses: ENGL 5300 and ENGL 5390. Both courses should be completed before the student has finished twelve hours of graduate classes.
  3. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4 point scale on all upper-division course work.
  4. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4 point scale on 21 hours of undergraduate English courses including at least twelve hours of upper-division work.
  5. Consideration is also given to one or more of the following: the applicant's demonstrated commitment to his or her chosen field of study, socioeconomic background, first generation college graduate, multilingual proficiency, geographic region of residence, and level of responsibility in other matters including extracurricular activities, employment, community service, and family responsibilities.

Degree Requirements

A total of 36 semester hours of graduate work is required. No more than six semester hours of undergraduate courses approved for graduate credit may be applied to this degree. No more than nine hours of graduate credit in which a "B" or better has been earned may be transferred from another institution. All transfer work is subject to approval by the student's advisor. No more than six semester hours in independent study courses and six semester hours in travel/study courses may be applied to this degree.

Option l: Master of Arts in English with Thesis

A. ENGL 5300: Bibliography and Methods of Research*

3

B. ENGL 5305: Chaucer and Middle English Literature

3

C. One of the following

3

ENGL 5388: History and Practice of Rehtoric

ENGL 5379: History of the English Language

ENGL 5380: Advanced Grammar and Linguistics

ENGL 5390: Studies in Composition

D. ENGL 5370: Studies in World Literature

3

E. American Literature

6

F. English Literature

6

G. Two additional courses, which may be in related disciplines

6

H. ENGL 5395 Thesis

3

I. ENGL 5396 Thesis

3

 

36 Semester Credit Hours

*Should be taken as soon as possible upon entering the program.

Option II: Master of Arts in English Without Thesis

A. ENGL 5300: Bibliography and Methods of Research*

3

B. ENGL 5305: Chaucer and Middle English Literature

3

C. ENGL 5390: Studies in Composition

3

D. One of the following

3

ENGL 5388: History and Practice of Rhetoric

ENGL 5379: History of the English Language

ENGL 5380: Advanced Grammar and Linguistics

E. ENGL 5370: Studies in World Literature

3

F. American Literature

6

G. English literature (at least six hours, in addition to ENGL 5305)

6

H. Three additional courses, two of which may be in related disciplines

9

Total

36

*Should be taken as soon as possible upon entering program.

Graduation Requirements

  1. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in all graduate work attempted
  2. Successful completion of a written comprehensive examination
  3. Four semesters, or demonstrated reading knowledge, of a foreign language

Other Course Offerings

Although UT Tyler does not offer graduate degrees in Philosophy or Spanish, courses in these areas are offered as electives within the Department of Literature and Languages for students seeking graduate degrees in other disciplines. Both Spanish and Philosophy are available as a second or third field in the Master of Arts and Master of Science degree programs in interdisciplinary studies.