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The MA program in English Language and Literature at Central Michigan University prepares students for doctoral level studies or to teach at the community college level, equips elementary and secondary school teachers with the most current pedagogical approaches, and enriches lovers of literature through focused explorations of the world of great literature and thought from antiquity to present.​

Students within the program may choose to concentrate in British, American, or World literature as they work closely with out widely published, award-winning faculty on research projects of their own design. The program of study includes seminars on literature, as well as on literary theory, linguistics, and research methodology.

Graduate classes are offered in the late afternoon and evening to accommodate working adults and financial support in the forms of graduate assistantships and fellowships are available to highly qualified applicants. 

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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 with at least 15 of the total semester hours at or above the 600 level. At the advisor's discretion, up to six hours from other departments may be included.

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)
Professional Methodologies
ENG 602 - Research Materials and Methods 3(3-0)

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

Capstone Project (15 hours)
Choose one of the following plans:

Plan A:
9 additional hours of course work authorized by the advisor and planned with the student, plus thesis (6 hours) and oral ENG 799 - Thesis 1-6(Spec)

Plan B:
15 additional hours of course work, authorized by the advisor and planned with the student, plus a scholarly paper.

​Total: 30 semester hours

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

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