English, MA

College of Liberal Arts

MA in English

The MA in English program offers students an innovative curriculum, a dynamic faculty, and many opportunities for professional development. Our graduates continue into Ph.D. programs, become faculty at two year colleges, work in industry or in government service, and serve as highly successful teachers in the public schools. Our combination of a challenging curriculum and personalized attention ensures that our graduates are ready for a wide variety of careers.

Domestic Students:

*Priority deadline to receive complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
April 1 November 1 April 15 May 15

Last deadline for receipt of complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
August 13 January 1 May 15 May 15

International Students:

Priority deadline to receive complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
April 1 September 1 N/A Not Offered

Last deadline for receipt of complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
May 1 November 1 N/A Not Offered

*Complete application should be received for full admissions and funding consideration 

Application requirements

Complete Application for Admission:
  • Apply for Admission via Apply Texas Application
  • An applicant may defer admission to an earlier/later semester. Applications are valid for one year. One deferral is allowed per application.
Application fee:
  • $50 for US citizen, $70 for International Students

Please Note: Applicants who wish to apply for a different program will be required to submit a new application. The application processing fee is required for each application submitted.

Requirements:

Application requirements specific to this program:

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate course work taken at any accredited college or University attended (Foreign College credits/transcripts require an official foreign evaluation. Please click here).  TAMU-CC transcript is not required.
  • Essay (500-1000 words) from the candidate addressed to the English Graduate Committee. This letter should introduce the candidate, describing: 
    • academic background
    • short and long-term professional goals
    • how graduate study in English at TAMU-CC may meet your personal or professional goals.
    • The candidate may also include details about background, language proficiency, and other personal information that may have influenced the decision to pursue graduate study or that relates to individual/career goals
  • A recent academic writing sample of at least 2000 words, which the applicant believes displays exemplary analytic and stylistic features.
  • Three letters of recommendation.

Admission to the program will be granted based upon undergraduate performance, writing ability, demonstrated commitment to professional goals, and other favorable indicators presented in the portfolio.

*Please allow 3-5 business days to receive a Student ID before submitting additional supporting documents.

Submit all supporting documents online.

Additional International Applicant Requirements

Application requirements for international applicants:

  • Copy of current Visa (if applicable)
  • English Language Proficiency. TAMUCC currently accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the last 2 years  :
    • Official TOEFL score minimum paper-based score of 550 or internet-based score of 79-80
    • Official IELTS score minimum 6.5

Part One: Core Requirements (9 sem. hrs.)

All students must complete the following:

  • ENGL 5301 - Theory and Practice I: Literary Studies 3 sem. hrs.
  • ENGL 5303 - Theory and Practice II: Writing Studies 3 sem. hrs.
One of the following Linguistics courses:
  • ENGL 5380 - Seminar in Sociolinguistics 3 sem. hrs.
  • ENGL 5381 - Introduction to Linguistics 3 sem. hrs.
  • ENGL 5385 - Seminar in Applied Linguistics 3 sem. hrs.

Part Two: Writing Studies and Literary Studies

Writing Studies

All students must take 6 hours in the following Writing Studies Courses:

  • ENGL 5360 - Writing Assessment 3 sem. hrs.
  • ENGL 5361 - Basic Writing Theory and Pedagogy 3 sem. hrs.
  • ENGL 5362 - Digital Rhetoric 3 sem. hrs.
  • ENGL 5363 - Rhetoric 3 sem. hrs.
  • ENGL 5369 - Topics and Genres in Rhetoric and Composition 3 sem. hrs.
  • ENGL 5375 - Creative Writing 3 sem. hrs.
  • ENGL 5376 - Professional Writing 3 sem. hrs.
  • ENGL 5377 - Grant Writing 3 sem. hrs.
  • ENGL 5380 - Seminar in Sociolinguistics 3 sem. hrs.
    • (will count when topic is related to Writing Studies; graduate committee approval needed)
  • ENGL 5385 - Seminar in Applied Linguistics 3 sem. hrs.
    • (will count when topic is related to Writing Studies; graduate committee approval needed) 
  • ENGL 5392 - Practicum for Composition Instructors 3 sem. hrs.

Literary Studies

All students must take 6 hours in the following Literary Studies courses:

  • ENGL 5340 - British Literature Before 1660 3 sem. hrs.
  • ENGL 5342 - British Literature 1660 - 1830 3 sem. hrs.
  • ENGL 5343 - British Poetry and Fiction 1900-Present 3 sem. hrs.
  • ENGL 5344 - British Literature 1830 - 1900 3 sem. hrs.
  • ENGL 5346 - American Literature to 1865 3 sem. hrs.
  • ENGL 5347 - American Literature 1865-1940 3 sem. hrs.
  • ENGL 5348 - American Literature 1945-Present 3 sem. hrs.
  • ENGL 5349 - Topics and Genres in Literature 3 sem. hrs.
Note

Students are encouraged to take at least one American literature course to help prepare them for the exit examination which will include readings from both fields of study.

Part Three: Electives

In addition to the 9 hours of core requirements, 6 hours in Writing Studies, and 6 hours in Literary Studies, students must complete 9 hours of electives (Thesis Option) or 15 hours of electives (Non-Thesis).  Any of the courses listed above in Writing Studies, Literary Studies, and Linguistics as well as those listed below may be taken for elective credit hours.*

  • ENGL 5380 - Seminar in Sociolinguistics 3 sem. hrs.
  • ENGL 5381 - Introduction to Linguistics 3 sem. hrs.
  • ENGL 5396 - Individual Study 1-3 sem. hrs.
  • ENGL 5667 - Workshop 6 sem. hrs.
For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the Business Office's website.

Additional Information

A limited number of scholarships and research assistantships are available to first-year students. Applications should be made directly to the Coordinator of English Graduate Studies in the form of a short letter that accompanies the candidate's admission portfolio.

English Graduate Student Handbook

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Contact for More Information:

Dr. Susan Garza