Types of Programs

All M.A. students are required to take at least one half-course at the graduate level before 1900. With approval from the Chair of Graduate Studies, up to the equivalent of one full course that directly relates to a student's field of interest may be taken from another graduate program (examples of eligible programs include French, Classics, Modern Languages, Comparative Literature, Women's Studies, Theory and Criticism, History, Political Studies, Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, and Philosophy). Students holding a teaching assistantship may register for only three full (or equivalent) courses per term in the Fall/Winter session and must take the other full course (or equivalent) in the succeeding Summer session. Permission to take an additional undergraduate course may be given where it is needed to fulfill the language requirement.

  1. Four full (or equivalent) graduate courses and one half-course in bibliographical methods.
  2. Three full (or equivalent) graduate courses, one half-course in bibliographical methods, and an independent research project of approximately 50 pages. A student choosing this program will register in course work and in an independent research project (English 9005). The prospectus for the independent research project (see section on Prospectuses) must be approved by the student's supervisor and submitted to the Chair of the Committee on Graduate Studies no later than the second-last week of September.  During the Winter term, and by the end of Reading Week in February, the supervisor will receive a satisfactory Working Bibliography and a detailed outline of the entire project from the student. The supervisor will notify the Committee on Graduate Studies, through the graduate assistant, that these have been submitted and are satisfactory. In the  event that this cannot be completed satisfactorily by the deadline, the student must abandon the IRP and will instead enroll in a Summer Term course.
    The student will complete and submit the project by approximately 1 August. The IRP will have a supervisor and an examiner who determines the grade after consultation with the supervisor. The examiner will communicate the grade to the Chair of Graduate Studies via the graduate assistant no later than 24 August. There is no oral defense of the independent research project.
  3. Two full (or equivalent) graduate courses, one half-course in bibliographical methods, and a thesis of approximately 100 pages. The prospectus for the thesis must be approved by the student's supervisor and submitted to the Chair of the Committee on Graduate Studies via the graduate assistant no later than the second-last week of September.