Master of Arts in English, Summer MA Program
Enjoy the flexibility of the Summer MA program, which allows you to take
up to five on-campus classes in the summer. Particularly designed for
teachers but open to all students, summer residence students get the
reading lists for the summer classes in February, take classes in June
and July, and complete papers and projects by December. Dispersing your
class responsibilities throughout the entire year allows you to complete
your degree without disrupting your career.
Considering applying for our special low-residency Summer MA Program? Meet some of our recent students and hear what they have to say about the program! Then read on below for program requirements and check out specific information for this summer's MA courses.
The Master of Arts in English is a 30-credit hour program. The sole course common to all Master’s students is ENG 826 Approaches to Literature, which is a survey of the main approaches to literary study and their practical application. The remaining 27 elective hours are chosen from courses in the following areas:
- American, British, world, and comparative literature
- period studies
- thematic studies
- genre studies
- regional studies
- major authors
- modern grammar
- rhetoric and composition
- creative writing and
At the end of your program, you will
write a four-hour graduate examination based on limited reading lists in
three of five possible subject areas, according to your interests. For more information about the program, including details about the exam and other requirements, please download the current Guide to Graduate Study and the MA Exam Reading Lists.
Students who began the program prior to January 2014 should visit this alternate page for the previous version of the Guide to Graduate Study and other relevant information.
If you wish to complete the Summer MA program in two years, you will enroll in five courses over two consecutive summers. As a student in this program, you will receive all course syllabi and reading assignments early in the spring, typically in February, and you can order texts from the University Bookstore. You will come to your June and/or July courses with materials already ready, and you will complete all course requirements during class, except for out-of-class papers. In the fall, while off campus, you will write your papers and receive your final course grades. Students needing additional time because of extenuating circumstances may apply for an extension by completing the Extension Request form.
If you want to extend the program over three summers, you can take four classes each of the first two summers, followed by two classes during the final summer.
Click here for information on the current year's summer course schedule.
How to Apply
Admission to the MA in English requires 3.0 GPA or higher in a minimum of 18 hours of English courses beyond the general studies composition courses as well as a completed graduate school application. To learn more about applying to the FHSU Graduate School and the MA in English program, visit the FHSU Graduate School site.
Contact the English Department if you have any questions or if you would like additional information.