To become a candidate for the degree of Master of Arts in English Language and Literature, 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 writing portfolio.
For applicants whose native language is not English, a TOEFL score of 550 (213 CBT) and a TWE of at least 5, or a MELAB of 85, are required for admission.
Required Courses I (3 hours, select one of the following)
ENG 535 History of Literary Criticism
ENG 636 Seminar in Critical Problems
Required Courses II (3 hours, select one of the following)
ENG 545 Chaucer
ENG 570 Old English
ENG 672 Applied Linguistics in Written Communication
Required Courses III (3 hours, select one of the following)
ENG 601 Graduate Composition
ENG 602 Research Materials and Methods
Required Courses IV (6 hours)
Two 600-level seminars in literature
Thesis Requirement (6 hours)
ENG 799 Thesis
Other Requirements (6 hours, select one of the following)
ENG 691 Seminar in Writing Fiction
ENG 692 Seminar in Writing Poetry
Electives (3 hours)
Hours authorized by the advisor and planned with the student.
TOTAL: 30 credit hours
For more information about degree requirements, visit the CMU Academic Bulletins.
Creative Writing Program Website
For more information about the Master of Arts in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, please visit the Creative Writing program website.