Master of Arts in English
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
- 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.
- 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.
The Joint Program Committee will consider completed applications for the regular degree program on the following dates:
Fall: May 1
Spring: November 1
Summer: April 1
Applications will be considered year round for non-degree students.
Plan of Study
In consultation with the program director, each degree-seeking candidate will develop a plan of study that includes coursework at both institutions.
Graduate study in English demands extensive reading and writing, thorough research, and advanced literary analysis. Only graduate students will be automatically enrolled. However, advanced undergraduates – upper-level students in English and related fields – may request enrollment in 500-level classes. To do this they will need permission from the instructor and the Joint Program Committee. No more than two 500-level courses may be taken by an undergraduate. Courses at the 600- and 700- levels are for graduate students exclusively.
Transfer Credit Policy
An applicant or student of the M.A. in English program can seek approval from the Joint Program Committee to accept up to 12 transfer credit hours. These courses must have a grade of B or higher, and can count toward the M.A. in English degree requirements. Courses with a grade of “Pass” or “Satisfactory” will not be accepted.