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Thesis Timeline

Typical Two-Year M.A. Program, 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 thesis prospectus in consultation with Advisory Committee
    • Apply for graduation (usually a late August or early September deadline)

Year 2

  • Fall
    • One graduate-level course, plus ENGL 6990 (thesis credit)
    • Develop thesis outline and make substantial progress on first draft
    • Apply to PhD programs, if desired
  • Spring
    • One graduate-level course, plus ENGL 6990
    • If PTC or CW concentration, take comprehensive exam (by mid April)
    • Finish and defend thesis (by mid April)

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