Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply for the M.A. program in literature?
You will need to apply online at this site . When applying, you will be asked to provide a statement of purpose, a writing sample, and three letters of recommendation.
What is the application deadline?
The final graduate school deadline for fall admission is July 1 for domestic students and students from Mexico. You are encouraged, however, to apply earlier, particularly if you are interested in a teaching assistantship. In general, the earlier you apply, the earlier you can find out whether you are accepted and the earlier you can register for classes. For this reason, we strongly encourage applicants for fall admission to submit their applications by April 15.
How do I apply for a teaching assistantship?
You may download an application here .
How long does it take to complete an M.A. in literature?
36 credit hours, which for most students will translate into two years of full-time coursework.
When are graduate classes in literature offered?
Late afternoon and evening. Typically 4:30-5:50 or 6:00-8:50.
What options do I have in order to complete my program?
a. M.A. Exam—Comprehensive exam over 32 major texts. Consists of a four hour exam over your reading and a two hour close reading exam. 33 hours of classroom coursework required.
b. M.A. Research Paper—An extended and improved version of a seminar paper from one of your graduate courses. Typically 30-40 pages in length, and requires and oral defense. 33 hours of classroom coursework required.
c. M.A. Thesis—A major research project addressing a specific research question. Typically 80-110 pages in length. Requires an oral defense. 30 hours of classroom coursework required.
Who can answer questions about the M. A. program?
The director of the program, who is currently Dr. Tom Schmid .
Who can answer questions about an assistantship?
The director of First-Year Composition, who is currently Dr. Theresa Donovan .
What can I do with an M.A. in literature?
The M.A. in literature provides you with a background in reading and analyzing complex texts and writing and speaking extensively about them. This can prepare you for teaching at the high school and community college levels and for proceeding to a Ph.D. in English or a related field. It also provides preparation for law school, particularly if you are looking to improve the quality of the institution to which you are admitted. The research and writing skills you develop can be useful in any field involving strong verbal and research skills: law, business, public relations, technical communication, medical writing, and so forth.