Program Info

Master of Arts

The Department of English offers two Master of Arts programs: an English MA and a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) MA.  In addition to the general requirements for the MA degree as stated in the bulletin, the requirements for each program are outlined below.

English MA

This program provides a balanced array of courses in literature and literary theory, composition and rhetoric, and language. 

Admission and degree requirements

Total Credits: 33

Degree Core


Core Requirements
ENGL 514 - Biblical Literature Credits: 3
Or  ENGL 520 - The Christian Tradition Credits: 3

ENGL 555 - Literary Criticism and Theory Credits: 3
ENGL 589 - Graduate Seminar Credits: 3 (Must be taken twice with different content)
ENGL 597 - Research Methods Credits: 3
ENGL 670 - Comprehensive Exam Credits: 0

ENGL 595 - Project Research Credits: 1,2
Or  ENGL 699 - Master's Thesis Credits: 1–4

and at least one graduate course from each of the three areas of literature, composition, and language.

Project /Thesis

Candidates must complete one of the following options:

A.  Project paper (7,000-9,000 words)

B.  MA Thesis (18,000+ words)

Admission Requirements

  1. Applicants must meet the English Proficiency Requirements.
  2. Applicants must have earned a minimum of 20 semester hours (30 quarter credits) in English courses as prerequisites, including ENGL 460 (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 (TESOL) must have completed ENGL 300 (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.

English Language Requirements

Students whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English-language proficiency before they are accepted into any program in the Department of English.  To qualify for admission to the English MA, students must obtain at least a minimum composite score on one of the following exams:

  1. Paper-based TOEFL (ITP) composite score of 600
  2. Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) composite score of 100
  3. MELAB composite score of 84
  4. IELTS composite score of 7

The exam must be taken within two years prior to enrollment. Students who score below these levels may complete language requirements by enrolling in Intensive English Program courses (ENSL) on campus. For required scores on other standardized proficiency exams, contact the department.

Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL) MA

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. 

TESOL MA Admission and degree requirements

Total Credits: 33

TESOL Core

These courses are required.

ENGL 505 - Practicum Credits: 1,2
ENGL 525 - Topics in ________ Credits: 1–4 (must be taken twice with different language content)
ENGL 540 - Language and Culture Credits: 3
ENGL 561 - TESOL Theories and Methods Credits: 3
ENGL 563 - TESOL Pedagogy: Reading and Writing Credits: 2 (must be taken with ENGL 505)
ENGL 565 - TESOL Pedagogy: Listening and Speaking Credits: 2 (must be taken with ENGL 505)
ENGL 569 - Second Language Acquisition Credits: 3
ENGL 572 - Christian Perspectives on Language Teaching Credits: 3
ENGL 597 - Research Methods Credits: 3
ENGL 595 - Project Research Credits: 1,2
* To fulfill the requirements for ENGL 595 Project Research, a student should submit either a project paper (5000-7000 words targeting a specific journal) or a teaching portfolio.

Electives (a minimum of 5 credits)
ANTH 600 - Seminar in Cultural Anthropology Credits: 2,3
COMM 536 - Issues in Intercultural Communication Credits: 2,3
EDCI 545 - Assessment of Learning: Credits: 3
EDCI 650 - Curriculum Design:______ Credits: 3
EDCI 684 - International Perspectives on Curriculum Credits: 3
EDRM 611 - Applied Statistical Methods I Credits: 3
EDTE 476 - Methods for Integrating Instructional Technology Credits: 2,3
ENGL 504 - New Global Literature Credits: 3
ENGL 525 - Topics in ________ Credits: 1–4
Or a graduate level course approved by the advisor

Admission Requirements
Applicants must have taken ENGL 460 Linguistics (or its equivalent)​ and ENGL 300 Modern English Grammar (or its equivalent) as prerequisites.  These courses may be taken concurrently while students are enrolled in the MA TESOL program.

English Language Requirements
Students whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English-language proficiency before they are accepted into any program in the Department of English.  To qualify for admission, students must obtain at least a minimum composite score on one of the following exams:

  1. Paper-based TOEFL (ITP) composite score of 575.
  2. Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) composite score of 90.
  3. MELAB composite score of 82.
  4. For the minimum scores from other standardized English tests, such as IELTS and PTE, contact the Department of English.

The exam must be taken within two years prior to enrollment.  Students who score below these levels may complete language requirements by enrolling in Intensive English Program courses (ENSL) on campus.