Master of Arts in English

University of Central Arkansas

Program Description
AACSB Accredited

Master of Arts in English

University of Central Arkansas

The Master’s in English program at UCA boasts stellar faculty, three tracks for completing the degree, unique opportunities beyond the classroom (graduate assistantships, internships, etc.), and a small program with a high faculty-to-student ratio. We love what we do and are excited to work with graduate students.

Graduate Assistantships, Internships, and Unique Learning Opportunities:

Currently, we offer three department graduate assistantships each year, which provide valuable experience in the following venues: assisting with the production of the poetry journal, Slant; working with faculty on research projects; facilitating the activities of the undergraduate English Society; and coordinating the College of Liberal Arts Student Research Symposium. (Graduate assistantships come with a modest stipend—$9,333—paid over the course of nine months.) From time to time, we provide advanced students the opportunity to teach their own introductory literature course. (Graduate students who teach a course are paid $2,600 for the semester.) Along with assistantships and teaching opportunities, we also can help students secure internships. The department internship coordinator can work with graduate students individually to create unique learning opportunities for graduate credit to be earned while working within the community. Last, while assistantships and internships enrich graduate education, graduate coursework itself enables students to take advantage of resources within the state. The Research Methods course, for example, regularly familiarizes students with archival research at the Sequoyah National Research Center in Little Rock, the largest repository of American Indian Print Culture in the world.

Because our program emphasizes broad coverage in American and British literary history, students complete our program with the knowledge and skills they need to pursue doctoral education. In recent years, we’ve placed students in a number of doctoral programs in English, including Yale, University of Tulsa, University of Washington, University of Arkansas, and Southern Illinois. Over the course of the MA program, many of our students come to realize their interest in teaching at the secondary level. Some of our recent graduates teach at charter schools and public schools in the state. We are just as excited, however, to help our graduate students prepare for careers beyond research and teaching, and we believe that completing a Master’s in English is excellent preparation for a number of careers that value analytical, writing, and oral communication skills. In fact, several of our recent graduates have found careers in the realms of business, editing, and college administration.

Small Program:

A small graduate program like ours confers several advantages: first, with nineteen graduate faculty and 10-15 graduate students enrolled in coursework most semesters, the faculty-to-student ratio is exceptionally high, which means that our students do not get lost in the system. Rather, they receive individualized feedback on a regular basis. Second, our faculty take mentoring seriously. We are eager to help students uniquely design their course of study and plan the path they will take post-degree. Third, our students tend to have a strong sense of community as they prepare for comprehensive exams together, carpool to literature conferences, and participate in the College of Liberal Arts Student Research Symposium. In short, UCA is a wonderful place to pursue a graduate degree in English. We hope that you will consider studying with us.

Three MA Options

Each option requires 30 Hours of Graduate-level Courses (With 15 hours at the 6000 level)

Traditional

  • 9 Hours of Required Courses:
    • ENGL 6393: Research Methods
    • ENGL 5366: Literary Theory and Criticism
    • ENGL 5360: History and Structure of the English Language
  • 21 Hours of Electives
    • All must be English courses, six hours of which can be thesis hours.
  • Comprehensive Exam.
<li>Thesis Option: In lieu of 6 of the 6000-level hours, students may elect to enroll in 6 hours of “Thesis Hours,” complete a thesis under the guidance of an advisor and committee, and sit for an oral defense of the thesis. (Students electing to complete a thesis should select a topic and assemble a thesis committee by the beginning of the first semester of their second year.)</li>

Language Arts

  • 21 Hours of Required Courses:
    • ENGL 6393: Research Methods
    • ENGL 5366: Literary Theory and Criticism
    • ENGL 5360: History and Structure of the English Language
    • LING 5310: Educational Linguistics
    • WRTG 5320: Teaching Creative Writing: History, Theory and Practice
    • WRTG 5330: Contemporary Composition: Theory and Application
    • ENGL 6365: Diverse Literatures Seminar
  • 9 Hours of Electives (chosen from the following options), 6 hours of which must be in literature:
    • ENGL 5325, 6306, ENGL 6307, ENGL 6321, ENGL 6323, ENGL 6325, ENGL 6394, WRTG 6310, and WRTG 6610
  • As part of ENGL 6365: Capstone Research Paper of 25 pages utilizing research methodology in composition theory. Portfolio of self-selected assignments completed for MA courses.

Medieval and Renaissance

  • 12 Hours of Required Courses
    • ENGL 5360 History and Structure of the English Language
    • ENGL 5366 Literacy Theory and Criticism
    • ENGL 6393 Research Methods in English
    • ENGL 6336 Manuscripts and Texts
  • 18 Hours of Electives
    • Nine hours must be in Medieval and/or Renaissance literature.
    <li>Six hours must be in Medieval/Renaissance literature, Medieval/ Renaissance courses in other disciplines, or thesis hours.</li> <li>Three hours must NOT be in Medieval or Renaissance.</li>

  • Comprehensive Exam, including Translation Component.
  • <li>Thesis Option: In lieu of 6 of the 6000-level hours, students may elect to enroll in 6 hours of “Thesis Hours,” complete a thesis on a Medieval and/or Renaissance topic under the guidance of an advisor and committee, and sit for an oral defense of the thesis. (Students electing to complete a thesis should select a topic and assemble a thesis committee by the beginning of the first semester of their second year.)</li>

    Those students on the traditional track must choose one of the following plans:

    (1) Satisfactorily complete 30 hours of English and pass a comprehensive examination based upon the department’s Master’s Reading List

    OR

    (2) Satisfactorily complete 24 hours of English, pass a comprehensive examination based upon the department’s Master’s Reading List, prepare a thesis for which 6 hours of credit are earned, and pass an oral examination over the subject matter of the thesis.

    Applying to the MA Program in English

    Applying to the MA Program in English:

    Admission to the MA Program in English requires acceptance from both the Graduate School and the English Department. Please review the information below, and contact the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Lori Leavell (lleavell@uca.edu), with any questions.

    Application Dates:

    Students may begin graduate study in the fall, spring, or summer. The preferred application date is March 1 for summer and fall admission and October 1 for spring admission. (In some instances, late applications may be considered.)

    Graduate School Requirements:

    Please consult the Graduate School about requirements for regular and conditional admission: http://uca.edu/gbulletin2013/general-policies-and-information/admission-to-graduate-study/

    Graduate School Application Materials:

    *For the Graduate School, completion of an online application is preferred over paper applications.

    Submit the following materials to the Graduate School:

    • Graduate School application (available at http://uca.edu/graduateschool/admission-process/. You will be prompted to create an account to access the application.)
    • Application fee ($25)
    • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
    • GRE scores (within the last five years / UCA’s institution code for the GRE: 6012)

    English Department Requirements and Application Materials:

    If you are applying either to the Traditional track or Medieval and Renaissance track:

    Regular Admission:

    • A minimum of 153 on the Verbal Reasoning portion of the GRE
    • A minimum 3.0 GPA in an undergraduate major or minor in English
    • Show the equivalent of one year of undergraduate foreign language study, or must remedy this deficiency before the MA Comprehensive Examination is taken.

    Conditional Admission:

    • Consult with the Department Chair or Graduate Coordinator. (For example, a prospective applicant lacking a degree or minor in English can be considered for conditional admission.)

    English Department Materials:

    • Submit the following materials (either via email or hard copy) to the English Department
      • Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Lori Leavell (lleavell@uca.edu):
    <li>Writing Sample of 7-10 pages (Indicate at the top of the writing sample which track to which you are applying—Traditional or Medieval and Renaissance)</li> <li>Two Letters of Recommendation (Letters should be fromprofessors with whom you have studied. If submitted via email, letters should be sent directly from the recommenders. If submitted via hard copy, letters should be sealed or mailed directly from recommenders to ensure confidentiality.)</li>

    If you are applying to the Language Arts track:

    Regular Admission:

    • A minimum of 153 on the Verbal Reasoning portion of the GRE
    • A minimum of 4.0 on the Writing section of the GRE
    • A minimum of 2.7 undergraduate GPA (major or minor in English not required)

    Conditional Admission:

    • Consult with the Department Chair or Graduate Coordinator if your application does not meet one of the requirements.

    English Department Materials:

    • Submit the following materials (either via email or hard copy) to the English Department
      • Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Lori Leavell (lleavell@uca.edu):
    <li>Statement of Purpose (In 250-500 words, explain your interest in UCA’s master’s program in English and the Language Arts track. Make clear how this program would complement your personal and career goals.)</li> <li>Writing Sample of 7-10 pages (Indicate at the top of the writing sample your interest in the Language Arts track.)</li> <li>Two Letters of Recommendation (Letters should be from professors with whom you have studied and perhaps colleagues who have observed your teaching. If submitted via email, letters should be sent directly from the recommenders. If submitted via hard copy, letters should be sealed or mailed directly from recommenders to ensure confidentiality.)</li>

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