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Master of Arts in English

Scott Peeples
Chair
843.953.1993

Tim Carens
Program Director
843.953.5658
carenst@cofc.edu

http://english.cofc.edu/graduate-program/index.php

Program Description

The Graduate School of the College of Charleston and The Citadel offer a joint Master of Arts in English. The thirty-six (36) hour program, with a thesis option, provides advanced coursework in British literature, American literature, English language, and composition and rhetoric. The program is designed to attract qualified holders of the baccalaureate degree, whether recent college graduates, English teachers, or others interested in pursuing graduate studies in English. A joint program committee, comprised of faculty members from each institution, oversees admissions, course scheduling, comprehensive examinations, degree certification, and other matters related to the management of the program. Diplomas and other official documents will indicate that the program is a joint endeavor and will include the names of both institutions.

Minimum Admission Requirements

Degree-seeking students:

  • Submit a completed application form with a nonrefundable application fee of $50.
  • Submit an official copy of a transcript from each institution of higher learning attended, including documentation of graduation from an accredited four-year college or university. The transcript(s) should be sent directly from the institution(s) attended to The Graduate School of the College of Charleston.
  • Submit at least two letters of recommendation from former professors or immediate supervisors in recent employment. Each referee should be as specific as possible in addressing the applicant’s motivation and ability to successfully complete a graduate degree.
  • Submit a two-page statement of goals about educational goals and interest in a graduate program in English.
  • Submit a writing sample that demonstrates an ability to perform literary analysis and conduct research. Typically, this requirement can be met by submitting a research paper prepared for an advanced undergraduate English course.
  • Submit an official copy of scores from the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). The test(s) must have been taken during the past five years. Those taking the MAT should have a score of at least 45. Scores from GRE tests taken through July 31, 2011 must have a composite score of 1000 on the combined verbal and quantitative sections and 4 on the writing assessment section. The minimum requirements for tests taken on or after August 1, 2011 require a minimum composite score of 300 and 4 on the writing assessment section.
  • Applicants are expected to have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and a 3.0 in the major.

Non-Degree Students:

  • Submit a completed application form with a nonrefundable application fee of $45
  • Submit one official copy of a transcript from each institution of higher learning attended, including documentation of graduation from an accredited four-year college or university. The transcript(s) should be sent directly from the institution(s) attended to The Graduate School of the College of Charleston.
  • Non-degree students may be permitted to register for up to 12 semester hours of credit prior to applying for admission to the program. Non-degree students who have taken in excess of 12 semester hours of graduate courses in English must have written permission from the Joint Program Committee to continue enrollment in a non-degree status.

Application Deadlines

The Joint Program Committee will consider completed applications for the regular degree program on the following dates:

Fall: March 1
Spring: November 1
Summer: March 1