Go Deeper with a Master’s in English
MA in English Course Requirements
What is a thesis?
Students are encouraged to begin thinking about and researching possible thesis topics during the first year of study. During the second semester, students will take ENGL 7618 Thesis Prep in order to prepare for the thesis project. Students will ask a professor to direct the thesis. The subject matter of the thesis should be within the professor’s field(s) of expertise. For crucial information on the thesis and its electronic formatting, students should consult the College of Graduate Studies ETD website. The professor and the student should discuss the significance and viability of the thesis topic, and at the beginning of the second year of full-time study (or after the completion of 18 credit hours) the student submits a Thesis Prospectus Form to the thesis committee for approval.
The student should seek feedback and criticism from the director as the thesis progresses. A good idea would be for the student to submit each chapter as it becomes complete, and the professor should meet within a week to discuss the marked draft with the student. The director and student will work around occasional delays necessitated by other commitments of the director.
What is the thesis timetable?
The thesis timetable varies for students; however, there are dates that must be followed, e.g. the “Final Deadline to hold terminal thesis defenses” as specified by the University’s Academic Calendar. The specific dates for each semester will be posted on the College of Graduate Studies’ web page. With an eye on the deadlines, the student and director devise a timetable for the completion of the thesis. Students can refer to the Department of English Graduate Handbook for a recommended thesis timetable.
Master’s in English Admissions Requirements
After Graduate School
Last updated: 5/22/2023