Non-Thesis Timeline

Typical Two-Year MA Program, non-thesis option:

Year 1

  • Fall
    • Three graduate-level courses (9 hours), including ENGL 6000
    • Develop Program of Study with Graduate Advisor
  • Spring
    • Three graduate-level courses (9 hours), including ENGL 6010 (required for Graduate Teaching Assistants; recommended for others)
    • Form Advisory Committee: chairperson and two additional faculty
    • File Program of Study
  • Summer
    • Develop project paper prospectus in consultation with Advisory Committee
    • Apply for graduation (late August deadline)

Year 2

  • Fall
    • Two graduate-level courses, plus ENGL 6890 (Directed research for Project Paper)
    • Apply to PhD programs, if desired
  • Spring
    • Two graduate-level courses, plus ENGL 6890 (if not taken Fall of Year 2)
    • Take comprehensive exam (by mid-April)
    • Finish and defend Project Paper (by mid-April)
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