Master of Arts Program Requirements
MA in English
The Master of Arts in English is granted on satisfactory completion of the following requirements.
In consultation with the director of graduate programs, the student plans a program of at least 9 graded courses (36 credit hours):
- one literature course before 1800;
- one course in literary theory;
- seven additional topics courses
Students normally take no more than three appropriate courses in other departments and no more than three courses from the same faculty member. Students who wish to take independent study courses must seek the consent of a faculty member who is willing to direct the independent study. Students are limited to two independent study courses as part of their program.
Students who wish to apply for doctoral programs are advised to plan a curriculum that emphasizes the development of a broad knowledge of English and American literature, although some specialization in a single field may be appropriate. The student must maintain at least a 3.0 average to remain in the program: more than one C grade normally requires dismissal. A student not in residence must register each semester to remain in good standing.
Students may wish to write a master’s thesis. Such students must submit to the graduate director a plan that shows adequate preparation for their proposed thesis, a brief prospectus of the proposed investigation and a signed approval from the faculty member with whom the student wishes to work. The thesis is a substantial (50-75 pages) piece of original research or criticism. Only students whose thesis plan has been approved may register for ENG 599, Master’s Thesis; ENG 599 may be taken twice for credit, and it may be used for as many as two of the four electives required for the degree. When the thesis has been approved by the faculty adviser, the director of graduate programs appoints a qualified second reader to review it. Theses must conform to the Graduate School requirements, as outlined in the Faculty and Student Graduate Degree Handbook. Students may plan a course of study that does not include the writing of a thesis.
MA in English / Creative Writing
In addition to meeting the requirements for admission to the English Department’s Master of Arts program (i.e., GRE general test scores, transcripts, recommendations and a critical writing sample), students wishing to enroll in this program must also submit a substantial portfolio of their work in fiction or poetry (not more than 50 pages of fiction or 25 pages of verse), along with a critical writing sample of 10-20 pages. On completion of the following requirements, students in this program receive the MA in English/creative writing:
- one literature course before 1900;
- three workshops or tutorials in the writing of fiction or poetry;
- ENG 599, Thesis, for four credits;
- four additional topics courses
Students normally take no more than three appropriate courses in other department
and no more than three courses from the same faculty member. Students who wish to
take independent study courses must seek the consent of a faculty member who is willing
to direct the independent study. Students are limited to two independent study courses
as part of their program.
Students must maintain at least a B average to remain in the program; more than one C grade normally requires dismissal. A student not in residence must register each semester to remain in good standing.
At the conclusion of their coursework, students must submit to the director of creative
writing a collection of poems, a collection of stories or a novel. The director of
creative writing constitutes a panel of at least two professors who evaluate this
thesis. The thesis is the most important requirement for the MA in English/creative
writing; it must be of substantial length and publishable quality, and it must conform
to the Graduate School requirements for a thesis, as outlined in the Graduate School
Master of Arts in Teaching &
Master of Science in Education
The English Department cooperates with the program in education, which offers both
the MAT (master of arts in teaching) degree, Grades 7-12, in English Adolescence Education,
and the MSEd (master of science in education) degree in Adolescence Education in English.
The MAT degree program is for those with an undergraduate degree in English who are seeking initial certification to teach English in grades 7-12. The MSEd degree program is for those who already hold initial certification to teach in New York state, and leads to professional certification in New York state to teach English in grades 7-12. Requirements for these degrees are listed in this publication in the section on the Graduate School of Education.
Inquiries about these programs should be directed to the Program in Education, Graduate School of Education, Binghamton University, PO Box 6000, Binghamton, New York 13902-6000.