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MA in English & American Literature

Building on a record of excellence in the student's undergraduate preparation in literature, the MA student should work toward a mastery of the broad and diverse range of literatures in English. Further, the MA student should undertake studies in rhetoric and contemporary theoretical approaches to literary texts. The MA in literature constitutes solid preparation for expert secondary teaching, leadership in communications for business, education and arts organizations, and entrance into a PhD program in literature.

Minimum Requirements for Admission

  • BA in English or 12 upper division hours in English and American literature
  • 3.0 GPA in undergraduate studies
  • One foreign language (Student can complete this requirement while in residence.)
  • GRE general test

Fall Admission Application Deadline: January 15

Spring Admission Application Deadline: November 1

Application Materials

Consult the UH Graduate School for detailed instructions for electronic submission of your application materials. The English Department requires the following materials:  

  • The online application (Fall 2015 application)and application fee.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Official academic transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended. As specified on the Graduate School website, one copy must also be mailed to the Graduate School.
  • The scores for the GRE general test.
  • The student’s statement of intent (1-2 pages).
  • A 10-15 page critical writing sample with bibliography.

Degree Requirements

  • 36 hours of coursework
  • One foreign language

Distribution of Coursework

  • 3 hours of Bibliography and Research Methods
  • 3 hours of literary theory or rhetoric
  • 30 hours of literature, including
    • 9 hours in early literature (British literature before 1800 and American literature before 1865)
    • 6 hours in later literature
    • 12 hours of elective courses in literature, linguistics, literary theory, rhetoric, or Master's Essay.
    • Students must divide the required courses in early and later literature between British and American literature.

General Policies and Procedures

Program guidelines are available here.