Admission Requirements

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 7-10 page sample of analytical writing that shows and 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. Eighteen of these semester hours are required in the following areas:

  • Literary Criticism (3)
  • Language and Linguistics (3)
  • Professional Methodologies (3)
  • 600-level Seminars in Literature (6)

In addition to the required courses, a student may select Plan A, 9 additional hours of course work authorized by the advisor and planned with the student, plus thesis (6 hours) and oral examination over thesis, or Plan B, 15 additional hours of course work, authorized by the advisor and planned with the student, plus a scholarly paper. Each plan totals 30 semester hours.

By choosing elective courses carefully, a student may design a mini-focus in English Education or in British, American, or World Literature.

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