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Master of Arts in English

CIP 23.0101

The objectives of the M.A. program in English are:

  1. To prepare teachers of language, literature and composition at the college and secondary school levels
  2. To provide a broad foundation for those wishing to pursue further graduate study
  3. To meet the special needs of a variety of pre-professional programs

Requirements for Admission
Applicants must comply with the Murray State University requirements (see Chapter 2). Non-native English speakers must have a TOEFL score of 20 for each section of the iBT, an IELTS score of 6.5 with no band lower than 6.0, or a previous degree earned from an accredited U.S. institution or successful completion of Level 6 of the MSU ESL program.

Additional requirements for unconditional and conditional admission are:

Unconditional

  • Undergraduate major or minor in English
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher

Conditional
Departmental judgment of probable success based on Graduate Record Examination scores, letters of recommendation, or other evidence such as a planned program of prerequisite courses.

Note: At least half of the total coursework, excluding thesis credit, must be in 600-level courses. Any substitutions for the requirements listed below must be approved by the departmental graduate coordinator.

 

LITERATURE

NON-THESIS TRACK

Total Course Requirements...................................... 30 hours
ENG 600 Research and Bibliography
American literature courses (6 hrs)
British literature courses (6 hrs)
ENG electives (15 hrs)

 

CREATIVE WRITING

THESIS TRACK

Total Course Requirements......................................30 hours
ENG 600 Research and Bibliography
ENG 698 Thesis Writing
ENG 699 Thesis Writing
American literature courses (6 hrs)
British literature courses (6 hrs)
    and nine hours from the following:
ENG 520 Forms of Poetry
ENG 521 Forms of Fiction
ENG 610 Graduate Writer’s Workshop
ENG 671 Special Topics in Creative Writing
ENG 672 Studies in Creative Nonfiction

 

ENGLISH STUDIES

NON-THESIS TRACK

Total Course Requirements...................................... 30 hours
ENG 600 Research and Bibliography
American literature courses (6 hrs)
British literature courses (6 hrs)
ENG electives (15 hrs)

 

ENGLISH WITH PHILOSOPHY AS A COGNATE DISCIPLINE

THESIS TRACK

Total Course Requirements...................................... 30 hours
ENG 600 Research and Bibliography
ENG 698-699 Thesis Writing
American literature courses (6 hrs)
British literature courses (6 hrs)
ENG or PHI electives (9 hrs)

NON-THESIS TRACK


Total Course Requirements......................................30 hours
Same as above, with the following substitution for thesis:
ENG or PHI electives................................... increase to 15 hrs

 

Other Degree Requirements

  • Written comprehensive examination over an approved reading list.
  • Oral examination over the approved reading list or an oral thesis defense.
  • Exit portfolio or thesis.

Contact

Dr. Kevin Binfield

7C Faculty Hall

Murray State University

Murray KY 42071-3341

270-809-4541 phone

270-809-4545 fax

 

 

 


Graduate Assistantships
The Department of English and Philosophy offers a number of graduate teaching assistantships. Details on application procedures and information regarding other types of assistantships can be found on the Graduate Admissions page.


For Program Students
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Master’s Thesis Option Description and Guidelines


Graduate Reading List for Comprehensive Exams
(Effective 15 August 2013;
UPDATED 4 April 2014)


Clearinghouse Collaborative Projects Between Faculty and Students
(New)


The listed requirements provide an example of what is applicable to most students entering Murray State University at the present time. Criteria as they may relate to individual students may vary. The primary source is the MSU Bulletin applicable at the time of the student's enrollment.

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