The M.A. program involves course work at the graduate level in English and American literature or in language studies with a thesis optional, but recommended, for the literature emphasis and required for the language studies emphasis. Work toward this degree is designed to supplement and complete the student’s undergraduate study in the field of English and to familiarize the student with professional standards, methods of research, and modes of thought in the discipline. Possession of this degree normally leads to advancement in the teaching profession for the secondary school or community college teacher, to careers in writing, publishing and editing, or to further study in English at the doctoral level.
Plan Admission Requirements
- Applicants must meet the minimum requirements of the Graduate College, including holding an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or better from a regionally accredited college or university. In addition, the English department requires a minimum of 21 credits in English courses above the Freshman Composition level.
- Applicants must submit the following:
- Two official sets of transcripts from all universities attended; one set goes to the Graduate College and one directly to the English Department
- A minimum of ten pages of critical writing
- Official scores on the Verbal portion of the General Test and the Literature in English Subject Test of the Graduate Record Examination
- Applicants must demonstrate competency in the reading of one foreign language. This requirement may be satisfied by earning a B or better in FOL 198 or by passing a translation examination (with aid of a dictionary if desired) administered and evaluated by the English Department.
- Students who did not take History of the English Language (ENG 414A) as undergraduates must add it to their master’s program either as 414A or 614A. If t is taken as 414A, it will not count toward the 30 required hours. If it is taken as 614A, it may be used toward the 30 hours with the permission of the student’s advisor.
- All domestic and international applicants must review and follow the Graduate College Admission and Registration Requirements.
Plan Degree Requirements
- No more than a total of 6 credit hours may be selected from 600-level courses.
- A comprehensive examination is required of each M.A. student, who will choose either a three-hour written exam or a sixty- to ninety-minute oral exam and prepare a reading list for the examination with the supervision and approval of the advisor and the examination committee. The reading list will comprise at least twenty authors, and the selections should recognize diversity of genre, gender, culture, and period. At least seventeen of those authors should be chosen from the master reading list on the English Department website. Three other authors not on the master list may be added. If taken during the semester of graduation, the exam must be scheduled no later than three weeks before the end of classes The Graduate College designates deadline dates for each semester. See graduatecollege.unlv.edu.
- A master’s thesis, which carries six credits, is optional (although recommended) for the literary study emphasis. It is normally written during two consecutive semesters and must conform to the guidelines set forth by the Graduate College in this catalog and in its Thesis and Dissertation Manual.
- In consultation with his/her advisor, a student will organize a thesis committee of at least three departmental members. In addition, a fourth member from outside the department, known as the Graduate College Representative, must be appointed. An additional committee member may be added at the student and department’s discretion. Please see Graduate College policy for committee appointment guidelines.
- The M.A. thesis should be an original contribution to knowledge about a suitable literary or linguistic subject and comprise about seventy-five pages. Thesis projects must be designed, developed, and written in close consultation with an appropriate thesis advisor and with the student’s thesis committee.
Plan Graduation Requirements
- The student must submit all required forms to the Graduate College and then apply for graduation up to two semesters prior to completing his/her degree requirements.
- The student must successfully pass the comprehensive exam and submit the Final Exam Results by the posted deadline.
- If a thesis is completed, the student must submit and successfully defend his/her thesis by the posted deadline. The defense must be advertised and is open to the public.
- If a thesis is completed, the student must submit his/her approved, properly formatted hard-copy document to the Graduate College, and submit the approved electronic version to ProQuest by the posted deadline.