Master of Arts in English

Admission Requirements

Applications for admission must be completed by February 1 for full consideration and Teaching Assistantships. The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies’ current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

  1. A four-year bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university.
  2. Twenty semester credits of English beyond the communication requirement with a 3.00 grade point average or better.
  3. A writing sample of 10-15 pages on topics or in modes appropriate to the proposed program of study (submitted directly to the department). Applicants who plan to major in creative writing should also submit an analytical paper.
  4. Graduate Record Examination General Test required. Literature in English Advanced Test is recommended.
  5. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.

Degree Requirements

Students seeking the Master of Arts degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies as well as particular requirements set forth by the English Language and Literature Department.

Thesis Option

  1. A minimum of thirty credit hours are needed for the M.A., including the required courses listed below, the thesis (4 credits), and any Readings/Research courses (maximum 4 credits).
  2. At least one-half of the credits must be at or above the 500-level.
  3. A maximum of one-fourth of the credit hours required for the degree may be transferred from another institution.
  4. ENGL 500 Introduction to Graduate Studies; ENGL 501 Teaching College English and ENGL 501L Teaching College English Laboratory (for Graduate Teaching Assistants only); and either ENGL 510 History of Literary Criticism or ENGL 511 Problems in Literary Criticism. Courses must be completed with grades of A or B (S for ENGL 501L Teaching College English Laboratory).
  5. Up to 4 credits of Readings and Research courses (ENGL 590 Readings and ENGL 593 Research) may be used to supplement the standard graduate offerings.
  6. Evidence of the mastery of scholarly tools appropriate to the proposed field of studies is required, including Level IV proficiency in one language other than English.
  7. Four credits are allowed for the thesis.
  8. Required courses:
  9. ENGL 500Introduction to Graduate Studies2
    ENGL 501Teaching College English3
    ENGL 501LTeaching College English Laboratory1
    ENGL 510History of Literary Criticism3
    or ENGL 511 Problems in Literary Criticism
    Electives14-17
    ENGL 998Thesis4
    Total Credits27-30

Non-Thesis Option

  1. A minimum of thirty-two credit hours are needed for the M.A., including the required courses listed below, ENGL 598 Portfolio Workshop and ENGL 995 Scholarly Project, and any Readings/Research courses (maximum 4 credits).
  2. At least one-half of the credits must be at or above the 500-level.
  3. A maximum of one-fourth of the credit hours required for the degree may be transferred from another institution.
  4. ENGL 500 Introduction to Graduate Studies; ENGL 501 Teaching College English and ENGL 501L Teaching College English Laboratory (for Graduate Teaching Assistants only); and either ENGL 510 History of Literary Criticism or ENGL 511 Problems in Literary Criticism. Courses must be completed with grades of A or B (S for ENGL 501L Teaching College English Laboratory).
  5. Up to 4 credits of Readings and Research courses (ENGL 590 Readings and ENGL 593 Research) may be used to supplement the standard graduate offerings.
  6. Evidence of the mastery of scholarly tools appropriate to the proposed field of studies is required, including Level IV proficiency in one language other than English.
  7. The Critical Introductory Statement to the Portfolio will serve as the written comprehensive exam.
  8. Required courses:
  9. ENGL 500Introduction to Graduate Studies2
    ENGL 501Teaching College English3
    ENGL 501LTeaching College English Laboratory1
    ENGL 510History of Literary Criticism3
    or ENGL 511 Problems in Literary Criticism
    ENGL 598Portfolio Workshop3
    Electives15-18
    ENGL 995Scholarly Project2
    Total Credits29-32

Office of the Registrar

Tel: 701.777.2711
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Fax: 701.777.2696

Twamley Hall Room 201
264 Centennial Drive Stop 8382
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8382