English
MA
Application Deadlines
Fall:January 15
Contact Information: 
4198 JFSB
801-422-4939
gradenglish@byu.edu
Program Requirements: 

Core:  14 hours

  • Introductory course (ENGL 600): 2 hours
  • Theory course (either English 630 or English 613): 3 hours
  • Graduate seminars:  three courses in a coherent, approved program of study: 9 hours

Electives: 12 hours

  • Two 600-level literature seminars: 6 hours
  • Two additional graduate-level courses from the following:
    • 600-level literature seminars:  3 hours
    • 600-level writing workshops: 3 hours
    • ENGL 610: Composition Pedagogy (for students who desire to teach Writing 150): 3 hours
    • ENGL 611R: Studies in Teaching Advanced Composition (for students who desire to teach the undergraduate advanced writing courses): 3 hours
    • ENGL 599R: Graduate Internship (by application only) (variable)

Thesis & Oral Exam: 6 hours

  • ENGL 699R (should be taken during the second year): 6 hours
  • Oral examination of thesis, coursework, and reading list

Note:  In special circumstances, up to three credit hours may be taken outside of the English department with advisor approval.  Additionally, one 300- or 400-level undergraduate course may count toward the degree with approvals from the graduate advisor and the teacher of the course.  Graduate students in such courses will be graded by graduate standards and normally will complete an additional paper or other work beyond the usual course requirements.  Courses below the 300 level and correspondence courses cannot count toward a graduate degree.

Admission Requirements: 

Required Test

GRE

Additional Requirements

  1. Writing sample
  2. Undergraduate English major or its equivalent
  3. Advanced (upper division) course in literary criticism
Program Outcomes: 


Effective Presentation and Publication

English M.A. graduates produce scholarly work suitable for professional conference presentation, academic publication, and other forms of professional discourse that fit their post-graduate plans.

Thesis Production and Defense

English M.A. graduates will produce and defend an article-length scholarly thesis characterized by clarity of organization and expression and salient research into relevant primary, secondary, and theoretical contexts.

Discrete Area Mastery

English M.A. graduates will persuasively defend, in the oral examination, the coherence of their plan of study and their mastery of a discrete area of the discipline.

Pedagogy and Teaching

English M.A. graduates who teach composition or assist faculty in teaching courses in the English major will exemplify pedagogical understanding and practice that qualifies them to teach similar courses at other colleges and universities.

Program Stats

Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
Total Students 47
International 0
Female 26
LDS 46
Non-White 5
BYU Undergraduate 35
Three Year Average Test Scores of Admitted Student
GRE Composite Score 310.0
GRE Quantitative Score 149.4
GRE Quantitative Percentile 38.7
GRE Verbal Score 160.7
GRE Verbal Percentile 83.5
GRE Analytical Score 4.6
GRE Analytical Percentile 76.8
Five Year Average of Graduated Students
Average Years to Degree 2.4
Graduated Per Year 15.4
Five Year Average of Admitted Students
Applied Per Year 40.8
Admitted Per Year 25.4
Percent Admitted 62.25
Average GPA 3.75