English (MA)

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Master of Arts in English (ENGLMA)
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (GA)
Department: English
Program Webpage: louisville.edu/english/graduate/ma-in-english

Program Information

Mission Statement

The MA in English provides graduate training in literatures written in English, creative writing, and rhetoric and composition.

Goals for the MA are that students will:

  1. Gain advanced knowledge of British, American, and other literary traditions, and
  2. Write a thesis or culminating project in which they initiate and complete specialized research addressing a significant question in literary studies or rhetoric and composition, or produce a significant body of creative work.

Admission Requirements

MA with Graduate Teaching Assistant application: due January 5th

MA without Graduate Teaching Assistant application:

  • Fall Semester: Due July 15th
  • Spring Semester: Due December 1
  • Summer Semester: Due April 15

All applicants should submit:

  1. Online Graduate Application
  2. Complete official transcripts of all college level work
  3. Two academic letters of recommendation with discursive comments
  4. Score report on the Graduate Record Examination General Test (from within the last 5 years)
  5. Critical writing sample (~10 pages)
  6. International students must also submit official reports of the TOEFL or IELTS examination
  7. Creative writing sample (optional and in addition to the critical writing sample)
  8. GTA Application (PDF) (January 5th deadline only)

Program Requirements

The Master of Arts in English requires 30 credit hours of academic work at the graduate level. In addition to fulfilling the core requirements, students may take additional work in literary studies, creative writing, or rhetoric and composition. Students may take no more than three 500-level courses. Creative writing courses (including up to six credit hours of thesis guidance) may total no more than 15 credit hours. Students may count one elective outside the Department of English toward their degree upon approval by the director of graduate studies. Student must also demonstrate proficiency in one language other than English. Detailed requirement information can be found in the English Department Graduate Program Guidelines.

  • Thesis Option = 24 credit hours of coursework + 6 credit hours of thesis guidance
  • Non-Thesis Option = 30 credit hours of coursework + culminating project

Graduate-level English courses beyond those listed may count towards requirements depending on the topics covered. Detailed course descriptions, available on the English Department website, will provide this information and can be discussed during advising with the director of graduate studies. 

Required Courses
General Requirements 3
Introduction to English Studies
Theory Requirement3
Contemporary Theories of Interpretation
Topics in Interpretive Theory since 1900
Literature before 1700 (3 Credit Hours)3
Introduction to Old English
Studies in Old and Middle English Literature - CUE
Studies in Tudor and Elizabethan Literature - CUE
Studies in Stuart and Commonwealth Literature - CUE
Chaucer - CUE
Shakespeare - CUE
Milton - CUE
Studies in Renaissance Drama - CUE
Old English and Middle English Language and Literature
Renaissance Drama
Shakespeare
Renaissance Poetry and Prose
History of Rhetoric I
Literature from 1700-1900 (3 Credit Hours)3
Studies in British Literature of the Romantic Period - CUE
Studies in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature - CUE
Studies in British Literature of the Romantic Period - CUE
Studies in British Literature of the Victorian Period - CUE
Eighteenth-Century Fiction
Eighteenth-Century Poetry and Prose
Romantic Poetry and Prose
Nineteenth-Century Fiction
Nineteenth-Century British Poetry and Prose
Nineteenth-Century American Fiction
Nineteenth-Century American Poetry and Prose
Literature After 1900 (3 Credit Hours)3
Studies in Modern British and/or Irish Literature - CUE
Studies in Contemporary British and/or Irish Literature - CUE
Studies in Post-Colonial and/or Ethnic Literature - CUE
Studies in American Literature, 1910-1960 - CUE
Studies in American Literature, 1960 - CUE
The Harlem Renaissance - CUE
Twentieth-Century Literature
American Authors: 1900-Present
Contemporary Poetry
Seminar in Modern British Studies
Electives (15 Credit Hours)15
Minimum Total Hours30