The MA program in English Language and Literature at Central Michigan University is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to teach English at a community college, who seek to prepare for advanced study at the doctoral level at another university, or who teach English at the secondary level and want to pursue more study in the discipline.
Students within the program may choose to concentrate in British, American, or World literature as they work closely with our 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.
Graduate assistantship information
Graduate studies financial aid
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 (213 CBT) and a TWE of at least 5, or a MELAB of 85 are required.
Statement of intent and writing sample should be submitted along with other application materials through the College of Graduate Studies submission system. (Follow link under Apply Now below).
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 (6 hours)
ENG 535 - History of Literary Criticism 3(3-0)
ENG 602 - Research Materials and Methods 3(3-0)
Required Courses II (9 hours)
ENG 635 - Seminar in English Literature 3(3-0)
ENG 656 - Seminar in American Literature 3(3-0)
ENG 665 - Seminar in World Literature 3(3-0)
*At least one must focus on literature before 1800
Unrestricted Electives (15 hours)
Hours authorized by the advisor and planned with the student
Plan B paper
Total: 30 semester hours
For more information about degree requirements, visit the
CMU Academic Bulletins.
Accelerated Master of Arts in English: Language & Literature
(Currently enrolled CMU undergraduate students only)
Students must be a signed major in English or a related field.
1. Maintain an overall cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.25 and a grade of 3.25 or higher in at least two of the following courses: ENG 334, ENG 335, ENG 336, ENG 337, and ENG 338.
2. Submit a writing sample and cover letter (for more details, contact the Department of English Lanaguge & Literature at 989-774-3171).
3. Obtain written approval from the Chair of the Department of English Language & Literature.
4. Obtain College of Graduate Studies approval of courses selected to double-count on both the BA/BS and MA.
Maintain a 3.25 GPA in English courses. Students who fail to maintain a 3.25 GPA in English courses in two successive semesters will be removed from the accelerated program.
Note: Students considering an accelerated MA program should be aware that their financial aid may be affected for courses double-counting on the BA/BS and MA. Contact the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid for information at 989-774-3674 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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For More Information
For more information about the MAELL, contact:
Dr. Darrin Doyle, Professor of English
Department of English Language & Literature Graduate Coordinator
Mt. Pleasant MI 48859
For specific information on graduate school admissions requirements, visit the CMU College of Graduate Studies' website at