Combined MA/PhD in English, Literature Emphasis

63 credit hours (45-48 hours coursework + 3-6 thesis hours + 9-12 dissertation hours)

  • ENG 640: Critical Readings and Methods
  • ENG 641: Advanced Research and Methods
  • One course in literary theory (ENG 642, 644, 744)
  • One courses in each of six distribution areas: American Lit to 1890, British Lit to 1660, British Lit 1660-1890, British & American Lit 1890-1960, Literatures in English after 1960, Non-traditional Literatures in English
  • Six or seven electives, depending on dissertation hours
  • ENG 698: Thesis (6 hours)
  • ENG 898: Dissertation (9-12 hours)

Additional requirements and guidelines:

  • Students must demonstrate proficiency in two research tools, either two foreign languages or one foreign language plus 12 hours of coursework in an allied area of study approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. For further information on the foreign language requirement, please click here.
  • 500-level classes count towards a degree only with the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies, and at least 15 hours must be at the 700-level.
  • Students must take ENG 690: Teaching Freshman Composition if they hold an assistantship which includes teaching as one of their duties. ENG 690 hours count as part of the required hours for degree completion. Students must successfully complete a Masters’ Comprehensive Examination in August, after the first year of study. The exam may be retaken once.
  • Students must complete a Masters’ thesis, a PhD Comprehensive Exam and a dissertation.



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