English (M.A.)

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. Application deadlines are October 15 (for Winter admission) and February 15 (for Fall admission).The English Department requires that all applicants provide a statement of purpose, two academic letters of reference, and sample essay from a previous English course.

The Master of Arts degree is offered as a Plan A, B, or C option.

Plan A: Thirty-three credits, including a three-to-six-credit thesis.

Plan B: Thirty-three credits, including a three-credit essay. Demonstration of proficiency in at least one foreign language if directed to do so by an academic advisor based on the research topic of the Master's Essay (for further details, consult the Director of Graduate Studies).

Plan C: Thirty-three credits, including a portfolio of representative work approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.

The M.A. program in English is designed to prepare students to go on to doctoral work or to train students with specific interests (e.g., professional writing, creative writing) that may not lead to further advanced study in English. The M.A. program requires thirty-three credits of course work, which must include:

Select five 7000-level courss in English at Wayne State University
Select one of the following:
Master's Essay Direction
Master's Thesis Research and Direction
The submission of a zero-credit portfolio

The thesis option is generally available only to students pursuing an interest in creative writing and working under the supervision of a creative writing faculty member. These options correspond to the Graduate School's Plans A, B, or C described above.

Academic Scholarship: All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.