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Master of Arts in English

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Students admitted to the English master’s degree program are expected to complete 30 approved hours of study within five years of matriculation, including six hours of thesis work and as many as nine hours focused on a minor or related field of study.

Master’s students may take courses in rhetoric and composition; American, British and global literature; Latino, African-American and women’s literature; critical theory; professional writing and creative writing.


Admission Requirements

To pursue an MA in English, students must earn a BA or equivalent, with credit in English equivalent to the TCU 30-semester-hour major and with sophomore-level credit in a foreign language. Applicants with less preparation may be admitted conditionally, but must take such additional courses as are prescribed by AddRan College and the departmental director of graduate studies.


What to Submit

  • Recent GRE scores (less than five years old) with the admission application.
  • A writing sample (10-20 pages, exclusive of notes and works cited) that demonstrates appropriate academic and writing skills needed for success in an English graduate program.
  • A personal statement outlining career goals, explaining how they match the English program at TCU.
  • Three to five references directly relevant to postgraduate work in English studies.


Course Requirements

The program requires at least 30 semester hours of credit approved by the director of graduate studies in addition to any coursework required because of inadequate prerequisites. The 30 hours include ENGL 60113 (Introduction to Graduate Studies and the Profession of English), plus six hours for a thesis and may include up to nine hours for an approved minor or approved courses in a related field or fields.


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Accelerated MA Degree in English

This program option is available only to TCU undergraduate majors in English or Writing.