Students seeking a master’s degree in English now have two options
36-semester hour program with a thesis (ENG518 Thesis - 6 semester hours)
36-semester hour program with an independent research project (ENG595 Research Lit/Techniques Non-Thesis - 3 semester hours)
Both programs lead to an MA degree for students who demonstrate foreign language proficiency or an MS degree for students without foreign language proficiency.
The department encourages students to pursue the non-thesis option (ENG595) rather than the traditional thesis route (ENG518). We encourage the ENG 595 option over the traditional thesis route because many universities, including Texas A&M University, are phasing out thesis requirements in favor of capstone portfolio projects. This trend provides students more flexibility in demonstrating their scholarly skills and allows them to produce research relevant to various career paths beyond academia. Students should consult with the Director of English Graduate Studies to determine which program best fits their goals and interests.
Most coursework is elective for both 36 semester hour programs, but students should select courses that connect to their scholarly interests and prepare them for the final research project (ENG595 or ENG518). Final projects may focus on literature, composition, linguistics, children's literature, or a combination, and may also emphasize the student's creative writing with committee approval.
Foreign Language Requirement for MA
A candidate for the Master of Arts degree must meet the language requirement:
- Successful completion of at least 12 semester hours (college/university level) in one foreign language.
- Successful completion of 6 semester hours (college/university level) and 2 years of high school credit in one foreign language.
- Successful completion of 3 semester hours (college/university level) and 3 years of high school credit in one foreign language.
- Successful completion of 12 semester hours of American Sign Language (ASL).
- Completion of a Bachelor of Arts degree from A&M-Commerce
- Department - Foreign Language Proficiency Exam (FLPE)
- Successful completion of the American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages examination with a minimum score/rating of intermediate proficiency in one of the following areas:
- Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) or
- Oral Proficiency Interview - Computer (OPIc) or
- Written Proficiency Test (WPT)
Students who do not satisfy the foreign language requirement will receive an MS degree rather than an MA
Master of Arts/Master of Science in English - Option I Thesis
Master of Arts/Master of Science in English - Option II Non-Thesis
Note: Successful completion of the Comprehensive Exam is required of all students.
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