Application Deadlines
Fall:January 15
Contact Information: 
4198 JFSB
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 six 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: 


  1. Undergraduate English major or its equivalent
  2. Academic writing sample (approximately ten pages)
  3. Advanced (upper-division) course in literary criticism
  4. Statement of Intent
  5. Three letters of recommendation

For applicants interested in English teaching emphasis:

  1. At least three years of full-time secondary English teaching experience
  2. An interview with BYU English Education faculty 
Program Outcomes: 

Effective Presentation and Publication

English M.A. graduates will 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.