​Admission Requirements

To become a candidate for the degree of Master of Arts in English Language and Literature: Children's/Young Adult Literature Concentration:

A​ student must have an undergraduate major or minor in English with a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a four-point scale and a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.

Applicants must submit a statement of intent and a 7-10 page sample of analytical writing that shows the aptitude to do graduate-level work in English. For applicants whose native language is not English, a TOEFL score of 550 and a TWE of at least 5, or a MELAB of 85 are required.

Degree Requirements

A student must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of course work with at least 15 of the total semester hours at or above the 600 level.

Required Courses I (3 hours)
Literary Criticism
    Select one of the following:
ENG 535 - History of Literary Criticism 3(3-0)
ENG 636 - Seminar in Critical Problems 3(3-0)

Required Courses II (3 hours)
Language or Linguistics
   Select one of the following:
ENG 545 - Chaucer 3(3-0)
ENG 570 - Old English 3(3-0)
ENG 672 - Applied Linguistics in Written Communication 3(3-0)

Required Courses III (3 hours)
Profesional Methodologies
ENG 602 - Research Materials and Methods 3(3-0)

Required Courses IV (6 hours)
   Two 600-level seminars in literature

Required Courses V (3 hours)
ENG 681 - Seminar in Children's Literature 3-9(Spec)

Required  Courses VI (3 hours)
Children's Literature
    Select two of the following:
ENG 580 - Literature for Young Adults 3(3-0)
ENG 581 - The History of Children's Literature 3(3-0)
ENG 582 - Cultural Pluralism in Young Adult and Children's Literature 3(3-0)
ENG 583 - The Heroic Tradition in Children's Literature
ENG 681 - Seminar in Children's Literature 3-9(Spec)
   Note: If the student selects ENG 681 for Required Courses VI, the topic of the seminar must differ from that taken to fulfill Required Courses V.​

Capstone Project (6 hours)
    Choose one of the following plans:

Plan A (6 hours)​​
    Thesis (6 hours) and oral examination over thesis.
    ENG 799 - Thesis 1-6(Spec)

Plan B (6 hours)
    6 hours additional course work, authorized by the advisor and planned with the student, plust a scholarly paper.

Total: 30 semester hours

For more information about degree requirements, visit the CMU Academic Bulletins.

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