The graduate programs of the Department of English and Linguistics help you prepare to teach, write professionally, or enter a doctoral program in English. They help inservice teachers enhance their understanding of British and American literature, the English language, and the teaching of writing. They provide a structured curriculum for students pursuing humanistic studies beyond the baccalaureate degree.
To be regularly admitted to a master’s program in English, you must have completed an undergraduate major or minor in English with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (4.0=A) or better and a GPA of at least 3.0 or better in all English courses. In addition, you must earn a satisfactory score on the general aptitude section of the Graduate Record Examination. If you do not meet these requirements, you may be admitted conditionally. Conditions might, for example, require you to complete prerequisite courses without credit toward the graduate degree, or to maintain a given GPA during your first 6–12 credits in the program.
To receive the M.A.T. you must have at least provisional public-school certification in English. If you lack such certification when you enter the program, you must fulfill certification requirements while you complete the M.A.T. requirements.
Separate requirements apply to the M.A. and the M.A.T. degrees. You must complete all degree requirements within five years of your admission to the program.