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Basic Degree Information/Description
The Master of Arts degree in English offers the student an opportunity to acquire a general knowledge of literatures written primarily in English, to understand the historical and cultural contexts in which that literature was produced, to develop skills in critical analysis, and to conduct literary, rhetorical, and linguistic research.
The program enables students to advance in the field of English by studying various approaches to diverse literatures, preparing to teach literature and writing, and developing the intellectual and critical skills necessary for professional advancement. The program provides a firm foundation for further study at the doctoral level and it offers a model of study that prepares students for the twenty-first century challenges of cultural diversity.
Why pursue a Master of Arts in English at UTSA?
- We have a diverse and highly trained faculty who offer a range of courses in American, British, Multiethnic, and World literatures.
- We offer graduate-level certificates in Creative Writing and Rhetoric-Composition.
- We offer study abroad opportunities in London, England; Toledo, Spain; and Urbino, Italy.
- In addition to satisfying the University-wide graduate admission requirements, the applicant must have completed at least 18 semester credit hours of work (exclusive of freshman course) in English with a grade point average of 3.3 (on a 4.0 scale) in all work taken in English at the upper-division and graduate levels. This work must include at least 12 semester credit hours of upper-division English courses focusing on literature (does not include creative writing, linguistics, composition, and other courses not specifically focusing on literature); the student must have a grade point average of 3.3 in these courses.
- For a complete list of degree requirements please see the Graduate Catalog.
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
- Required Degree: A Bachelor’s degree in English or a related discipline.
- Other Degree Requirements: A minimum of at least 18 semester credit hours of work (exclusive of freshman courses) in English with a grade point average of 3.3 (on a 4.0 scale) in all work taken in English at the upper-division and graduate levels. This work must include at least 12 semester credit hours of upper-division English literature courses, and the student must have a grade point average of 3.3 in these courses.
- General University Requirements:A degree seeking applicant must meet university wide requirements.
- Application: A complete Graduate School application.
- Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended. All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae: None.
- Letters of Recommendation: If applying for Departmental Financial Aid, three letters of recommendation are required.
- Statement of Purpose: None.
- Test Scores: General GRE, not older than five years.
- Other: If applying for Departmental Financial Aid, a writing sample (8 to 10 pages; literary analysis) is required.
- Evaluation of Foreign Credentials: All applicants including non-U.S. citizens (International), U.S. citizens (Domestic), or permanent residents who have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions are required to submit an evaluation from an approved Foreign Credential Agency of transcripts from all foreign institutions attended. If official transcripts are used in the foreign credential evaluation, the official transcript requirement will be considered met. However, if unofficial documents are used in the foreign credential evaluation, final official transcripts must be sent to UTSA.
- An approved evaluation requires a detailed course-by-course evaluation. Summaries will not be accepted.
- The Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) is a private corporation that provides evaluations of foreign school credentials. The application is available at: Application for Credentials Evaluation.
- IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5.
- TOEFL: Minimum scores of 79 or 60 for Internet or paper versions, respectively.
- Other areas of interest: Applicants who are also interested in pursuing the Creative Writing or Rhetoric and Composition certificate programs should visit the program pages for the admission requirements needed in order to apply.
- Former students are instructors of English in community colleges, high schools, and in UTSA's Writing Program.
- Students are working on their Ph.D.'s at other widely-recognized graduate programs, as well as our own.
- Former students are lawyers and editors, as well as employing their outstanding writing and research skills in other fields.
- Opportunity to present at the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Research competition.
- Opportunity to present at regional and national conferences.
- Thesis option available.