OSRHE Program Code: 131
CIP Code: 230101
Major Code: 4255
- 4254 - Rhetoric/Composition
- 4253 - Literature
(36 Semester Hours)
The Master of Arts in English Program is designed to provide a quality graduate degree program that prepares the student for entry to the professional world or further graduate study at a comprehensive university. The M.A. in English program provides a generalist graduate degree that emphasizes the study of rhetoric, theory and practice in composition, research, critical skills and the literature of diverse cultures and historical periods, produces educated graduates with strong liberal arts experiences who can become valuable citizens in their communities; and serves as a resource center for the study of composition and diverse literatures in eastern Oklahoma.
Admission to the English Program requires:
- An earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university;
- An approved Application for Graduate Admission;
- An official transcript of all previous coursework. The transcripts must be sent directly from the schools to the Graduate College Office.
- Test scores no more than five years old on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) with a scaled score of at least 383 or above.
- A grade point average of 2.5 in an undergraduate coursework or a scaled score in the upper three-fourths on the Miller Analogies Test.
- A minimum of thirty undergraduate semester hours in English.
- Applying students will be required to submit a writing sample (recent research-based, minimum 5 pages in length) and a statement of purpose (2 pages, identifying the student’s reasons for pursuing graduate study and interest in teaching)
No 1000 level (freshman level) or remedial coursework may apply toward fulfillment of entry requirements for the Master of Arts in English degree.
The plan of study (degree plan) is prepared by the advisor and the student. The Statement of Understanding is explained to the student when the degree plan is made and must be signed by the student and the advisor. It is sent with the signed copies of the degree plan to the Graduate College. After approval by the Dean of the Graduate College, copies are sent to the advisor and to the student. Any changes in the student’s plan of study require prior written approval of the advisor and Dean.
Plan of Study/Statement of Understanding
The plan of study (degree plan) is prepared by the advisor in conference with the student. The curriculum in the plan of study is tailored to meet each candidate’s specific needs. The Statement of Understanding is reviewed with and explained to the student when the degree plan is made and must be signed by the student and the advisor. It is sent with the signed copies of the degree plan to the Graduate College. After approval by the Dean of the Graduate College, copies are sent to the advisor and to the student. Any changes in the student’s plan of study require prior written approval of the advisor and Dean.
Requirements for Graduation
In order to receive the Master of Arts in English degree, the student must satisfy the following requirements;
- Complete thirty-six (36) semester hours of credit as approved by the advisor and the Dean of the Graduate College;
- Achieve a “B” average grade in all 5000 level graduate coursework attempted with no grade below a “C” applicable to the degree;
- Achieve a “B” average in all Northeastern State University graduate coursework;
- Complete a Master’s thesis; and
- Meet all the requirements set forth in the Academic Information sections of the Graduate College Catalog.
During the last semester prior to graduation, students must complete an acceptable Master’s thesis. Students should determine the topic in association with a first and second reader, both of whom should be on the graduate faculty. The readers and the Graduate Dean will be responsible for approval of the finished thesis. Preferably, students should take English 5033 the semester before enrolling in thesis. If a student does not complete the thesis in one semester, the student will receive a grade of “X” which indicates continuing research and should re-enroll in English 5993. Should a thesis fail to be accepted, the student may revise the thesis but must be enrolled in English 5993 during the revision period. Students may refer to the “Thesis Guidelines” on the Graduate College web page for information about thesis requirements.