Master of Arts Degree in English

In addition to the general requirements for admission to graduate studies (See General Regulations and Procedures), admission to the Master of Arts degree programs in English and Writing also require:

Unconditional Admission

  1. Preparation: Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and have at least 24 semester hours in English above the 200 level. A Graduate Admissions Committee will review each application; consequently, all applications and supporting documents must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions of the University in accordance with submission deadlines established by that office.
  2. Scholastic Achievement: A minimum of 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale in all previous undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  3. Test Scores: Submission of satisfactory scores on either the Graduate Record Esam (General Test) or the Miller Analogies Test. Students who seek admission to the program must receive a minimum score of 388 on the MAT or a minimum score of 286 on the combined Verbal and Quantitative portions of the GRE.
  4. Three letters of recommendation to be sent to the Director of Graduate Studies in English, Department of English, and University of North Alabama.
  5. Writing Sample: Minimum of eight pages, preferably a research or scholarly essay or paper from previous classes, to be sent to the Director of Graduate Studies, Department of English, University of North Alabama. For MA in Writing, a sample portfolio is required.

Conditional Admission

Applicants who satisfy all requirements for unconditional admission except for the minimum scholastic (grade) requirement but who have an overall grade point average of 2.0 or better (4.0 scale) may be admitted on conditional status subject to attainment of grades which include no more than three semester hours of C and no grades lower than C on the first three graduate courses (nine semester hours) for which enrolled.

Transfer Admission

In addition to the general requirements for Transfer Admission to Graduate Studies (See General Regulations and Procedures), up to 12 semester hours of graduate credit by transfer will be accepted with the approval of the graduate program coordinator. Exceptions must be approved by the graduate program coordinator, department chair, and college dean.


Prior to the completion of 12 semester hours credit in the program, students shall be assigned an academic advisor by the Director of Graduate Studies.

Degrees and Program Plans

Master of Arts Degree in English: a minimum of 36 semester hours of credit, to include the following core and options:

Core Courses of Study 1
EN 601Introduction to Graduate Studies: Bibliography and Research3
EN 655Literary Criticism3
Literature Requirement
Select a minimum of 18 semester hours of literature courses 218
Elective Courses of Study
Foreign Language Requirement 312
Thesis or Non-Thesis
Select one from the following:
Total Hours36

Thesis Option1

The master’s degree program in English provides for an option of a minimum 36 semester hours of coursework or 30 semester hours of coursework plus a thesis earning six hours’ credit. Student electing the thesis option must obtain approval from the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and must register for the thesis and pay the appropriate fee.

EN 690Thesis6
EN 695Thesis Defense0
Select an additional 24 semester hours from the following:24
English Electives (500-600 level)
Total Hours30

Non-Thesis Option1

Select from the following:
English courses (500-600 level) 230
EN 696Comprehensive Examination0
Total Hours30