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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 this summer's MA courses and other pertinent information.

Program Summary

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
  • criticism
  • linguistics
  • modern grammar
  • rhetoric and composition
  • creative writing and
  • pedagogy.

At the end of your program, you will write a four-hour graduate examination based on a limited reading list. Contact the English Department for the current year's reading list.

Program Schedule

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 pertinent information and 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.

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