Program Info

The English Department offers the Master of Arts: English or Teaching English as a Second Language. It also cooperates with the School of Education in offering the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree. In addition, the English Department participates in offering the Master of Arts: Communication Interdisciplinary Studies described on the Communication Department website.


Master of Arts


The English Department offers two programs for its Master of Arts. In addition to the general requirements for the MA degree as stated on p. 47 in the bulletin, the required core courses are ENGL589, 597 and 595 or 699 (a minimum of 1 credit). Additional requirements are described below.

English Emphasis
This program provides a balanced array of courses in literature and literary theory, composition and rhetoric, and language. Additional required courses are: ENGL450, a second seminar 589, and at least one graduate course from each of the three areas of literature, composition, and language.

Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Emphasis
This program includes extensive study of the English language and linguistics and is particularly appropriate for those who plan to teach English to speakers of other languages or do further work in linguistics. The additional required courses are ENGL465 (twice with different content), 466, 469, 505 (2 credits), 530, 540; one of 435, 525; and two from 474, a writing course (ENGL550 recommended), or a literature course.

MA Admission and degree requirements
1. Applicants must meet the English proficiency standards listed on p. 45
    in the bulletin.
2. Applicants must have earned a minimum of 20 semester hours 
    (30 quarter credits) in English courses as prerequisites, including
    ENGL460 (or its equivalent).
    - These prerequisites are in addition to the General Education
      composition requirement.
    - It is desirable to have completed an English undergraduate
      major of at least 30 semester hours (45 quarter credits).
    - Students taking the MA: English (TESL) must have completed
      ENGL300 (or its equivalent) as a prerequisite.
    - Applicants with fewer English prerequisite credits than the
      minimum number required must remove the deficiencies by
      taking additional English courses other than those required
      for the MA degree.
3. Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language
    by having done one of the following:
    - Earned credit through the intermediate college level with a minimum 
      average grade of C.
    - Passed an exam approved by the English Department.
    - Completed their education through secondary school in a first 
      language other than English.
4. Students must complete a minimum of 33 English graduate credits.
5. Candidates must pass written comprehensive examinations.
6. Candidates must complete one of the following options:
    A. Project paper (30-50+ pages)
    B. Two project papers (each a minimum of 20 pages)
    C. MA thesis (75-100+ pages)

Master of Arts in Teaching


This degree prepares students for certification and teaching English in elementary or secondary schools. Prerequisite: At least 10 semester credits (15 quarter credits) in English courses, exclusive of the General Education composition requirement. See also pp. 44–46 in the bulletin. In consultation with the department chair, certain of the courses listed below may be applied toward such a program.
  An alternative Master of Arts in Teaching program is designed for those preparing to teach English to speakers of other languages; it requires a minimum of 15 English semester credits including courses ENGL460, 465, 469, ENGL505 (1 credit), and two from 466, 525 (Topics in Linguistics), 540. More information about this program can be found at the School of Education's website.


  • MA IN ENGLISH

    Students studying for the MA in English take a balanced array of courses in literature and literary theory, composition and rhetoric, and language. 

    Required core courses

    ENGL589: Graduate Seminar (3 credits)
    ENGL597: Research Methods (3 credits)
    ENGL595: Project Research (a minimum of 1 credit) or
    ENGL699: Master's Thesis (a minimum of 1 credit). 

    Additional required courses
    ENGL450: Literary Criticism (3 credits)
    ENGL589: Graduate Seminar (3 credits)
    At least one graduate course from each of the three areas of literature, composition, and language.
  • MA IN TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (TESL)

    The TESL degree is designed for students who plan to teach English to speakers of other languages or do further work in linguistics. 

    Required core courses
    ENGL589: Graduate Seminar (3 credits)
    ENGL597: Research Methods (3 credits)
    ENGL595: Project Research (a minimum of 1 credit) or
    ENGL699: Master's Thesis (a minimum of 1 credit). 

    Additional required courses:
    ENGL465: TESL Methods (2 credits)
    ENGL466: Phonetics and Phonology (3 credits)
    ENGL469: Second Language Acquisition (3 credits)
    ENGL505: Practicum (2 credits),
    ENGL530: Discourse Analysis (3 credits)
    ENGL540: Language and Culture (3 credits)

    One of:
    ENGL435: Topics in Linguistics (31-4 credits)
    ENGL525: Topics (1-4 credits)

    Two from:
    ENGL474: Development of Modern English (3 credits)
    A writing course (ENGL550 recommended), or
    A literature course.
  • MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING ENGLISH

    This degree prepare students for certification and teaching English in elementary or secondary schools.  Prerequisite: At least 10 semester credits (15 quarter credits) in English courses, exclusive of the General Education composition requirement.  In consultation with the department chair, certain of the courses listed below may be applied toward such a program. 

    An alternative Master of Arts in Teaching program is designed for those preparing to teach English to speakers of other languages; it requires a minimum of 15 English semester credits including:

    ENGL460: Linguistics (3 credits)
    ENGL465: TESL Methods (2 credits)
    ENGL469: Second Language Acquisition (3 credits)
    ENGL505: Practicum (1 credit),

    Two from:
    ENGL466: Phonetics and Phonology (3 credits)
    ENGL525: Topics (1-4 credits)
    ENGL540: Language and Culture (3 credits)

    Prerequisite: At least 10 semester credits (15 quarter credits) in English courses, excluding the General Education composition requirements. 
  • All students intending to obtain certification to teach English in the state of Michigan must complete the Michigan State Teaching Credential in English.ADMISSION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

    1. Applicants must meet the English proficiency standards (a minimum score of 550 on the paper TOEFL exam [213 on the TOEFL computer version or 90 on the TOEFL Internet version] or 80 on the MELAB exam).

    2.  Applicants must have earned a minimum of 20 semester hours (30 quarter credits) in English courses as prerequisites, including ENGL460 (or its equivalent).  These prerequisites are in addition to the General Education composition requirement.  It is desirable to have completed an English undergraduate major of at least 30 semester hours (45 quarter credits).  Students taking the MA: English (TESL) must have completed ENGL300 (or its equivalent) as a prerequisite.  Applicants with fewer English prerequisite credits than the minimum number required must remove the deficiencies by taking additional English courses other than those required for the MA degree.

    3.  Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language by having done one of the following:  Earned credit through the intermediate college level with a minimum average grade of C; passed an exam approved by the English Department; or completed their education through secondary school in a first language other than English.

    4.  Students must complete a minimum of 33 English graduate credits.

    5.  Canditates must pass written comprehensive examinations.

    6.  Candidates must complete one of the following options: a project paper (30-50+ pages); two project papers (each a minimum of 20 pages); or an MA thesis (75-100+ pages). 
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