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Department of English

M.A. in English

The M.A. requires 24 semester hours of coursework and a written examination. The program is designed so that a full-time student can complete these requirements within one calendar year of study. Part-time students must complete all requirements for the degree within four years.


In order to be admitted to the M.A. program, you should have a bachelor's degree and a college record that holds promise for graduate study. Although you need not have majored in English, thorough preparation is essential to success in the program. Ideally, applicants should have completed 30 semester hours of undergraduate English, including courses in both early and modern British literature, American literature and literary theory. If you have deficiencies in certain periods or areas, you may be required to complete certain undergraduate prerequisites as a graduate student and will be so informed when you are accepted into the program. 

Applications must be supported with a statement of purpose; transcripts of undergraduate work and previous graduate courses; GRE scores (the general test only); and three letters of recommendation. Applicants must also supply a writing sample. A grade average of "B" or better in undergraduate coursework is required.

GRE scores are never the sole determining factor in an application file. Your writing sample and statement of purpose are also important sources of information about your qualifications for undertaking graduate study. However, successful applicants to our M.A. program typically have scored above 500 in the Advanced Test in English.


For the M.A. degree you are required to take:

For those focusing on teaching:

For all others:

If you are required to take certain undergraduate courses as a condition of admission, they have priority over all other program requirements. Undergraduate courses (those on the 300-level) cannot satisfy the distribution requirements outlined above (for example, English 340, Victorian Literature, cannot fill the post-1800 requirement but it can be an elective in literature), and only one undergraduate course may count toward the M.A.

You may opt for an 18-hour program and a thesis (for six credits). Regulations governing this option are specified in the Graduate School catalog.


The Graduate School offers, on a competitive basis, partial tuition scholarships for up to 6 credit hours for incoming students. Enrolled students can apply for other competitive awards, such as research fellowships and community steward awards, during the academic year.  Teaching assistantships are available only to Ph.D. students.  The Graduate Program Director can advise you on funding possibilities once you are accepted into the program.


MA Exam Gen Info 2013


Department of English
Crown Center for the Humanities
1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660

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