Application Deadlines
Fall:January 15
Contact Information: 
4198 JFSB
Program Requirements: 
  • Credit hours:  32 minimum, consisting of 26 course work hours plus 6 thesis hours (Engl 699R)
  • Introductory course (2 hours):  Engl 600
  • Required courses (15 hours):  Engl 630 and four additional courses in a coherent plan of study
  • Elective courses (6 hours): Two graduate-level courses in the English Department (up to three credit hours may be taken outside the English Department with advisor approval)
  • Thesis (6 hours): six hours Engl 699R
  • Oral examination of thesis, coursework, and reading list
Admission Requirements: 

Required Test


Additional Requirements

  1. Writing sample
  2. Undergraduate English major or its equivalent
  3. Course in literary criticism (contact department for details)
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