M.A. in English: Composition & Communication

This section provides information on admission requirements, degree requirements, and the
portfolio requirement.

Admission Requirements

To become a candidate for the Master of Arts in Composition and Communication (MAECC), a student must have an undergraduate degree in any major with a cumulative and major GPA of at least 3.0 on a four-point scale.

Even though we do not require an undergraduate degree in English for admission to the MAECC, we strongly recommend a minor in English or writing, a certificate in writing, or more than one undergraduate writing course at the 300-level or higher.

All candidates for admission to this program must also submit a sample of representative writing and a cover letter (see below).

For applicants whose native language is not English, we require a TOEFL score of 550 and a TWE of at least 5, or a MELAB of 85.

The MAECC Writing Sample and Cover Letter

Applicants to the MAECC must submit three copies of one writing sample and cover letter.

The writing sample should be nonfiction writing of at least 1,500 words and may take any of a variety of forms, e.g., a paper written for a college course, a personal essay or work of creative nonfiction, a report or other document written for your employer, an exposé written for publication, and so forth. Do not submit more than one sample, and do not submit poetry, fiction, journal or diary entries.

Please make sure that the sample contains no editing marks, grade, or comments.  If you are submitting a paper written for a college course, please remove the instructor's name.

The reviewers will pay as much attention to your cover letter as to the writing sample itself. Your cover letter should be one to two pages, formatted as a business letter, and should address the following:

  1. What was the context for which the sample was written? When was it written and why? Who was its intended audience?  
  2. Why did you decide to submit this sample and not something else you have written for school, work, or other venue?  Be specific.

  3. What does the sample show about your current knowledge and skill as well as your potential for growth as a nonfiction writer? Be specific.

Send your three copies of the writing sample and cover letter to:

Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Dept. of English Language & Literature
Anspach 215
1429 S. Washington
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant MI 48859


Degree Requirements

Students must complete at least 15 of their 30 total semester hours at or above the 600 level.

Required Courses (12 hours)

  • ENG 519 (3): Teaching of Composition (non-Graduate Assistants only)
  • ENG 601 (3): Graduate Composition
  • ENG 614 (3): Teaching Practicum (Graduate Assistants only)
  • ENG 637 (3): Seminar in Rhetoric & Composition
  • ENG 618 (3): Empirical Research Methods in English

Elective Courses 

Restricted electives I (6 hours) Advanced courses from among any of the following chosen in consultation with an advisor.

  • ENG 510WI (3) Writing Center Practicum
  • ENG 514WI (3) Language & Media Discourse
  • ENG 517 (3) Reading in the English Classroom
  • ENG 539 (3) Seminar in Major Nonfiction Writers
  • ENG 571 (3) Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • ENG 615 (3) Problems in the Teaching of English
  • ENG 680 (3) Chippewa River Writing Project Summer Institute

Restricted electives II (6 hours) Advanced courses from among any of the following chosen in consultation with an advisor.

  • ENG 503 (3): Document Design
  • ENG 504 (3): Technical Editing
  • ENG 510WI (3): Writing Center Practicum 1-3 (Spec)
  • ENG 603 (3): Seminar in Technical & Professional Writing
  • ENG 672 (3): Applied Linguistics for Written Communication
  • ENG 691 (3): Seminar: Writing Fiction
  • ENG 693 (3): Seminar: Writing Creative Nonfiction

Unrestricted Elective Courses (0-6): Choose in consultation with an advisor.

Capstone (0-6 hours)

  • Thesis (6 hours)
  • Plan B: 30 course hours plus an Exit Portfolio