English (M.A.)

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. Application deadlines are November 1 (for Winter admission) and March 1 (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 and demonstration of proficiency in at least one foreign language (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.