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Master of Education with a concentration in English

Program Coordinator: Dr. Ruth Haber
Phone: 508-929-8706

In addition to the standard admission requirements set by Worcester State at: applicants to the Master of Arts in English must have either earned an undergraduate degree in English or completed at least 18 semester credit hours in English and/or American literature/rhetorical theory courses at an accredited institution of higher education.

Applicants without undergraduate training in the English discipline are required to take survey courses in American and English literature and a course in undergraduate literary theory as part of the required 18 undergraduate credits.

The program has the following convenient features:

A part-time evening schedule
      •  A rolling admission that allows students to start their studies in 
         any semester
      •  Possibility of transferring in up to 12 credits of graduate work 
         after coordinator review
      •  Note: transfer credits may include coursework taken at 
          Worcester State University prior to Matriculation

Requirements of the Program

I. English Foundation courses
EN 901             Methods of Graduate Research:             3 credits
EN 902             Approaches to the Literary Experience:   3 credits

II. English Elective courses

Students will select, with the approval of a graduate advisor, 21 credits from the graduate English courses listed in the catalog.

III. Additional electives

Students will select, with the approval of a graduate advisor, 6 graduate credits in English or another area.

IV. Thesis/Exam Option

Upon completion of their course work, candidates must successfully fulfill a last requirement in the form of either two substantial area examinations or a thesis. While the general focus of the examinations and the thesis must deal with literature and/or rhetoric, the individual student and his or her advisor together will decide on the specific subject(s) to be explored.

Thesis option EN 999 is a 3-credit option.

Total credits: 36


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