M.A. in English: Composition & Communication


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

Admission Requirements


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 Ave.

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 (9 hours)

  • Graduate Writing (3) : ENG 601 (3): Graduate Composition
  • Rhetorical Analysis (3) : ENG 637 (3): Seminar in Rhetoric & Composition
  • Editing (3): ENG 638 (3): Seminar in Textual Analysis & Editing

Elective Courses (15 hours)

Restricted electives (9 hours ) Advanced courses from among any of the following,
chosen in consultation with an advisor.

  • ENG 503: Document Design (pending curricular approval)
  • ENG 504: Technical Editing (pending curricular approval)
  • ENG 510 (3) Writing Center Practicum
  • ENG 513 (3) Special Topics
  • ENG 514 (3) Language & Media Discourse
  • ENG 517 (3) Reading in the English Classroom
  • ENG 519 (3) Teaching of Composition
  • ENG 539 (3) Seminar in Major Nonfiction Writers
  • ENG 571 (3) Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • ENG 573 (3) Linguistics and Reading
  • ENG 576 (3) Fundamental Issues in Reading
  • ENG 593 (3) Seminar in Writing Nonfiction
  • ENG 603 (3) Seminar in  Technical & Professional Writing
  • ENG 615 (3) Problems in the Teaching of English
  • ENG 618 (3) Empirical Research Methods in English
  • ENG 672 (3) Applied Linguistics in Written Communication
  • ENG 675 (3) Seminar in English Linguistics
  • ENG 691 (3) Seminar: Writing Fiction
  • ENG 693 (3-6) Seminar in Writing Nonfiction

Unrestricted Elective Courses (6): Advanced
courses chosen in consultation with an advisor.

Thesis (6 hours) or Internship (6 hours)

  • ENG 718 (6) Teaching Internship & Report
  • ENG 719 (6) Professional Communication Internship & Report
  • ENG 799 (6) Thesis plus oral examination over thesis

Plan B option: 30 course hours + an Exit Portfolio