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  Sep 26, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Catalog

Master of Arts in English (MA)


Admission Requirements

Admission to the MENG program requires a bachelor’s degree in English. Students with less English preparation may petition for conditional admission which may require that they take additional classes at the 5000-level for full matriculation.

Applicants must complete an online application. Criteria for acceptance into the program include:

  • Undergraduate degree in English with a minimum GPA of 3.25 in the major (preferred)
  • Submission of writing sample (4-8 pages)
  • Transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended
  • Three letters of recommendation from educational or professional references
  • Interview with the program director or option coordinator

Additional Requirements for International Students

All international students and any applicants educated outside the United States must demonstrate proficiency in English. Those whose native language is not English must submit an official score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based). Other appropriate tests may be used as an alternative to the TOEFL, such as IELT and the WSU LEAP Special Examination. The score may not be more than two years old.

Transfer Credits

  • Transfer credit must be approved by the program director and cannot exceed 11 credit hours. Transfer classes must be at appropriate levels and fulfill the objectives of the Master of Arts in English degree at WSU. No courses for which credit was used to fulfill requirements of another degree may be used toward the Master of Arts in English degree.

Obsolete Credits

  • Credit earned more than ten (10) years earlier than the proposed date of graduation will not be accepted for the MA degree unless approved by the program director.

Graduation Requirements

  • Credit hour requirements are determined within the option. A minimum of 24 credit hours at the 6000-level and a minimum of 33 total credit hours are required in the program. Students must complete all requirements in one of the options.
  • Grades of B- or better in all courses counting toward the degree.
  • Students with a BS degree must show foreign language competency either by completing six hours of a foreign language class with a grade of C (or better) or by passing a prescribed foreign language reading test.
  • Students not completing a thesis will be required to submit a portfolio of their work to the program for assessment purposes.

Time for Degree Completion

  • MENG students must receive approval from the program director to register for more than nine (9) credit hours in a semester.
  • MENG students have a maximum of six calendar years to complete their degree requirements, starting from the first semester during which the student has registered for and begun taking classes. Students who exceed this time limit may submit a letter of appeal to the program director to request an extension.
  • Students who fail to enroll in program classes for three consecutive semesters (not including summers) must apply for readmission to the program.
  • In order to ensure timely progress through the program, students are encouraged to consult with an advisor at least once a year.

Course Requirements for Master of Arts in English

All MENG students will be required to complete the Core Requirements as part of their degree. In addition to the Core, a student needs to complete one of the options.

CORE REQUIREMENTS

Core Research Methods


Core Literature


One course from the following:

Core Seminars


One course from the following:

Note:


*May be repeated for elective credit with different content.

Electives


  • Elective courses may be taken to fulfill the minimum 33 credit hours required to graduate. All program courses not taken as a required course may be taken as electives.
  • No more than three hours of directed readings credit (MENG 6830 ) may apply toward the Master of Arts in English degree unless approved by the program director.
  • The following two courses may be taken only by students who are teaching writing for WSU for the first time: MENG 6821  and MENG 6823 .

LITERATURE OPTION


All MENG students will be required to complete the Core Requirements as part of their degree.

Seminars in Literature


Three courses from at least two of the following repeatable seminars (9 credit hours):

Electives


Elective courses may be taken to fulfill the minimum 33 credit hours required to graduate.

CREATIVE WRITING OPTION


All MENG students will be required to complete the Core Requirements as part of their degree.

Creative Writing Option Requirement: 

Seminars in Literature


Three courses from at least two of the following repeatable seminars (9 credit hours):

Creative Writing Workshops


Must complete at least two workshops (6 Credits)

Project


SECONDARY LICENSURE OPTION


All MENG students will be required to complete the Core Requirements as part of their degree.

Literature


One of the following courses (may be used to also fulfill the Core Literature).

Seminars


One of the following courses (may be used to also fulfill the Core Seminars).

Writing


One of the following courses (3 credit hour minimum).

Seminars in Literature


One course in two of the three following seminars (6 credit hours).

Electives


Elective courses may be taken to fulfill the minimum 33 credit hours required to graduate if the secondary licensure is not pursued.

Secondary Licensure Teaching


MED 6050  must be taken prior to MENG 6120 /MENG 6861 ; MENG 6120  and MENG 6861  must be taken concurrently. It is strongly recommended that MENG 6110  or MENG 6230  be taken prior to MENG 6120 /MENG 6861 .

Note:


Students seeking to fulfill the secondary licensure requirements through the Utah State Office of Education must also apply and be accepted into the Master of Education (MEd) Secondary Licensure Track. For all requirements related to pursuing a secondary licensure, please refer to the Master of Education Secondary Licensure Track in this catalog and contact the MEd Program offices. A minimum of 16 credit hours will be required from MEd for licensure with additional credit in student teaching also required. Credit taken in the MEd Program will meet elective requirements for the 33 credit hour minimum in MENG.

TEACHING ENGLISH TO SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES OPTION (TESOL)


All MENG students will be required to complete the Core Requirements as part of their degree.

Electives


Elective courses may be taken to fulfill the minimum 33 credit hours required to graduate.