Unlike traditional MA programs, which prioritize literary history, the IU MA in English focuses on applications of English studies, with emphases on pedagogy and editing. Our MA program gives you flexibility in fashioning a course of study: we require only eight credit hours of core courses with the remaining hours electives, tailored to your interests and goals. Choose either a thesis (36 credit hours) or a non-thesis option (40 credit hours), and concentrate on literature, writing, or linguistics. Our program will prepare you for many kinds of professions—editors, teachers, professors, arts administrators, writers, and scholars. One recent graduate is now a staff writer for the New York Times. Another works as an acquisitions editor at Random House. Recent graduates of our MA programs have gone on to professional positions as journal editors, managing editors, marketing, communications specialists, and other positions with major publications and companies. At least nine recent alumni are currently pursuing Ph.D. or M.F.A. degrees.
Even if you are already enrolled in the English MA Program, you may select one of the two options outlined below after consulting with the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) in English and/or other faculty advisors in English. You will then submit a brief written statement to the DGS that presents a rationale for their choice. As can be seen in the description of the two alternative courses of study below, if you choose not to write a thesis you will be required to take eight additional credit hours of course work, for a total of 40 credit hours.
The three core courses, which carry 4 credit hours each, introduce three major areas in the discipline of English: language (G500 Introduction to the English Language), writing (W509 Introduction to Writing and Literacy Studies), and literature (L506 Introduction to Methods of Criticism and Research). Students are required to take two of the three core courses, preferably at the beginning of the graduate program.
The M.A. in English requires 36 or 40 credit hours, depending on the option you choose:
At the beginning of your graduate career, you will take two core courses that introduce major areas in the discipline of English:
Total: 36 credit hours
Total: 40 credit hours
No more than eight credit hours may be transferred from another institution. Degree requirements (including transfer credits) must be completed within five consecutive years of beginning graduate study that ultimately counts toward the M.A. degree.
M.A. students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B).
MA in English Degree Requirements
There is no foreign language requirement, but M.A. students going on for the Ph.D. are encouraged to validate their reading proficiency in a foreign language according to University Graduate School standards.
For more information contact:
Director of Graduate Studies