Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages
Master of Arts (M.A.) Degree
Major in English (Major Code: 5106)
Major Area Options (33 hour program)
To complete the master of arts degree in English, the student may choose either a thesis or a non-thesis program. The department head will help prepare a plan of study in either program. Both thesis and non-thesis require 33 hours of graduate work. The recommended schedule for graduate work is as follows:
Note: Graduates may take summer courses when available with the understanding that enrollments of fewer hours during the long semesters may affect financial aid.
Comprehensive Exam and Thesis
All students studying for the master of arts in English must satisfactorily complete a written Comprehensive Exam administered each spring. Specific information about the exam (length, scoring, sample questions, etc.) is available in the English office. The reading list for the exam is available in the department office.
In addition to the comprehensive exam, thesis students are required to complete a thesis of 60-80 pages on a research topic and an oral defense of that thesis. In consultation with the department head, the student must select a committee with one chair and one or two second readers. While taking thesis hours, the student is expected to consult with the committee and to make satisfactory progress on the thesis. The final thesis must be formatted according to the thesis handbook for West Texas A&M University, available through the Graduate School. The thesis director will notify the graduate office that the candidate has successfully defended the thesis.
Students must see the department head and file a plan of study before completion of 15 graduate hours.