Program Admission Requirements
In addition to the Graduate School Admission Requirements, applicants must have achieved an average grade of B or higher in upper-level undergraduate courses in the major. A writing sample and two recommendations addressing the applicant’s aptitude for graduate study are required, and the GRE General Test (gre.org) is optional.
The M.A. degree in English offers a choice of three concentrations: Literature, Professional Writing, or Rhetoric and Composition. A total of 33 graduate English credit hours is required: 12 hour core, 9 hour concentration, and 12 hours in one of the following options
- Thesis Option: 6 hours of thesis and 6 hours of ENGL electives
- Non-Thesis Option: 12 hours of ENGL electives
In addition to the coursework, all M.A. in English students must successfully pass written comprehensive examinations based on reading lists and content knowledge, which are specific to each concentration. For those writing a thesis, a final oral defense is required. For more information on the M.A. in English, see the current Guide to Graduate Studies in English available at gradeenglish.wcu.edu. (Any student who receives two final course grades of C or one final course grade of F will be dismissed from the program.)