The Master of Arts in English, through the cultivation of professional research and scholarship, prepares students to pursue advanced education in literary studies on the doctoral level; it also further equips educators on both the secondary and community college levels to be effective instructors of literature and language arts.
Admission to the M.A. Program (Applies to Options A, B, and C)
A minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate work is required for the M.A. degree. All candidates for the M.A. must:
1. Meet the undergraduate course requirements for admission to the graduate program (in respective programs).
English - 18 semester hours in English; submit critical writing sample with application for admission. The total of 18 hours must be composed of courses beyond the core curriculum of literature surveys and freshman composition courses.
History - 15 semester hours in History
2. Students seeking Class AA Educator License must have: (1) satisfactory scores on the PRAXIS I Core CASE (Core Academic Skills for Educators) Reading-5713 (passing score 156); Writing-5723 (passing score 162); Math-5733 (passing score 130); and (2) PRAXIS II (Content Area Exam**)
**Approved content area tests and passing scores are determined by MDE, are subject to change pending MDE approval, and are listed at the State Dept of Education website, http://www.mde.k12.ms.us.
3. Have 12 semester hours (or 2 high school credits plus Intermediate Level at university level) of course work or the reading knowledge of one foreign language before admission to candidacy.
4. TOEFL Requirement for International Students: A cumulative score of 84+ is required.
Foreign Language Equivalency
The student must have 12 semester hours of undergraduate course work in one modern foreign language (or the equivalent of the intermediate level). Another option available to satisfy the language requirement is submitting acceptable score-levels showing second-year proficiency on the CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) in French, German, or Spanish. Contact the Counseling and Testing Center for CLEP information and registration material.
A student may attempt the CLEP twice; and if after two testings, a satisfactory score has not been made, a locally-administered test may be arranged. If a satisfactory score has not been made after the locally-administered exam, the foreign language requirement must be met by passing the intermediate-level language course(s). Cost of the departmentally administered exam is $30.00.
The language requirement must be met before a student accumulates twelve semester hours of graduate course work toward the Master of Arts degree.
Prerequisites: Graduate standing with sufficient background in subject area is a prerequisite for all graduate courses.
Unless otherwise specified all three-semester-hour courses have lecture 3 hours per week.
*Note: A 400-level course taken for undergraduate credit cannot subsequently be changed to graduate credit. A 400-level course can only be repeated for graduate credit on the 5000- or 6000-level with a different course topic.