MA in Language and Literature

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, 6 semester hours of electives and a thesis with an oral examination over the thesis (6), or Plan B, 12 semester hours of electives and a scholarly paper for a total of 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.