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To graduate in two years, students opting to write a thesis must take three courses for a total of 9 credit hours during their first three semesters and one 3-credit-hour course in addition to at least 3 credit hours of English 5950: Thesis during their final semester.

To graduate in two years, students opting for an examination must take three courses for a total of 9 credit hours during their first three semesters and two 3-credit-hour courses in addition to 3 credit hours of English 5940: MA Exam Tutorial during their final semester.

Some students choose to complete summer courses between their first and second years in order to make more time for the completion of the thesis or examination during the fourth semester.

Students should give preference to courses numbered 5000 or above.

Students in the Literary Studies with Creative Writing Emphasis concentration should note that they are required to take a course in the genre in which they will write the thesis.

First Year

Fall | Spring | Summer

Second Year

Fall | Spring | Summer

 

First Year

Register for English 5000: Introduction to Methods and Issues in English Studies in the fall.

If you are a GA, register for English 5500: Practicum in Writing Center Theory & Practice and English 5007: Composition Theory and Pedagogy in the fall.

Fall

Review the concentrations (Literary Studies, Literary Studies with Creative Writing Emphasis, Composition and Rhetoric, or Professional Writing) using checklists available from the Graduate Coordinator, and choose one by the spring semester, if not sooner.

Meet faculty members specializing in your area(s) of interest.

Meet with the graduate coordinator for an advising appointment the week before registration for the spring semester opens. See the Academic Calendar.

If you are a GA and would like to be considered for a teaching assignment your second year, register for English 5502: Mentored Teaching of Composition in the spring.

Spring

Meet with the graduate coordinator for an advising appointment the week before registration for the summer and fall semesters opens (see the Academic Calendar for dates).

Before the end of the semester, review the thesis and examination options. In consultation with the graduate coordinator, decide whether you want to pursue the thesis or the exam option.

If you settle on the thesis option: (1) find a thesis director. Typically, the director will be a specialist in your field of interest; (2) begin formulating a topic in conversation with your director; (3) consult with your director and/or the graduate coordinator concerning appropriate readers.

If you settle on the examination option: (1) find a reading director. Typically, the director will be a specialist in your area(s) of interest; (2) begin to outline a specialized topic and larger but complementary field of interest, and to compile a reading list; (3) consult with your director and/or the graduate coordinator concerning appropriate readers.

Should you plan to propose an independent study for fall, visit the Important Dates page and note the spring deadline for fall independent study proposals (usually during the ninth week of the semester).

Students who plan to take internship (ENG 5960) during the summer or fall need to meet with Dr. Fredrick in January or February.

If you are a GA who plans to apply to teach 1001 or 1002 during the fall semester, visit the Important Dates page to find the application deadline (usually during the eleventh week of the semester). The application form may be printed here.

Summer

Get started on reading and research related to your thesis or examination project, and begin drafting your prospectus or proposal with the goal of submitting a first draft to your director at the start of the fall semester.

                                                               

Second Year

Fall

Meet with your director early in the semester to discuss your thesis prospectus or exam petition, and an appropriate schedule for its completion. Ideally, circulate a revised draft incorporating feedback from your director to readers at least a month in advance of the deadline for submitting it to the GSC. The deadline for submission of the thesis prospectus to the GSC is typically during the ninth week of the semester. The deadline for submission of the examination petition is typically during the thirteenth week of the semester. Visit the Important Dates page to verify the correct date. If your thesis project requires IRB approval, submit necessary documentation to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs well before the prospectus is due.

If you submit a thesis prospectus or examination petition, the GSC will take one of the following actions: approve it, table it, or reject it. Approval means that the graduate coordinator will arrange your enrollment in English 5950: Thesis or English 5940: MA Exam Tutorial for the spring semester. (Be sure to indicate in the petition whether you want to be registered for 3 or 6 credit hours). Tabling means that the GSC will ask you to revise and resubmit your document during the current semester. Rejection means that you will be required to resubmit during another semester after completing additional work.

If you plan to write a summer thesis, notify the graduate coordinator of your intention in writing by the deadline noted on the Important Dates page.

Should you plan to propose an independent study for the spring, visit the Important Dates page and note the fall deadline for spring independent study proposals (usually during the ninth week of the semester).

Students who plan to take internship (ENG 5960) during the summer or fall need to meet with Dr. Fredrick in January or February.

If you are a GA who plans to apply to teach 1001 or 1002 during the spring semester, visit the Important Dates page to note the application deadline (usually during the eleventh week of the semester) and to download the application form.

Spring

Working closely with your director, establish a clear schedule for completing your thesis or examination project. A clear schedule will generally indicate when items should be submitted to the director and circulated to readers. Committee members may differ in the amount of time they take to respond to your drafts, so you should leave them ample time to do so.

Consult the MA Thesis Manual to learn more about Graduate School requirements related to the thesis and its deposit. Apply for graduation by the deadline listed in the Academic Calendar.

Meet with the graduate coordinator to discuss scheduling a defense or examination, graduation requirements, etc. Make sure that any “I” grade has been removed from your transcript.

If you are completing an exam, your director must submit a copy of your examination to the GSC for approval no less than three weeks before the date of the written examination. The last day for MA Comprehensive exams appears in the list of Important Dates.

Remember that your thesis defense or oral examination must be advertised, preferably two weeks in advance of the scheduled date.

The deadline for completion of thesis defenses and oral examinations coincides with the date of the “Final day for the Graduate Coordinator to file Certificate of Comprehensive Knowledge for a graduating student” listed on the Important Dates page. Typically, thesis defenses and oral examinations must be scheduled by the last day of exam week.

After the defense, make any required revisions and deposit the thesis. You must have at least three copies bound by paying a fee at the Cashier’s office. The original and a copy go to Booth Library. The third copy comes to the English Department. Submit the Thesis Deposit Certificate to the Graduate School.

Summer

If you do not complete your thesis during the spring semester, ask the graduate coordinator to arrange for you to be enrolled in English 5951: Non-credit Thesis. Enrollment in this course allows you to maintain library privileges as you finish your thesis.

Visit the Important Dates page for information concerning summer deadlines. You will need to reapply for graduation.

Given the limited availability of faculty members during the summer, consult with your committee members concerning their availability before planning dates for a thesis defense or examination.