An MA in English can prepare you for a PhD, help you become qualified to be a community college teacher, or prepare you for careers in editing, publishing, and non-profit work. The MA in English at UNCG is designed to be flexible allowing you to choose from three different plans of study— the thesis plan, the teaching composition plan, and the minor field plan, which enables you to define your own area of specialization. The accelerated degree program allows qualified candidates to complete the MA more quickly without as much financial cost by counting up to 12 hours of coursework toward both your BA and MA, saving time and money while still getting an advanced degree.
Qualified UNCG undergraduate students may apply for admission to the Accelerated Degree Program in English. A cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5 based on at least 30 hours earned at UNCG is required. Applicants must have completed at least 60 semester credits and may not apply for admission to the ADP before the first semester of the junior year.
English has the following additional requirements for ADP applicants:
At least 15 credits of undergraduate English courses at the 200-level or above, with an earned 3.5 GPA in these courses.
Standard application requirements for the Master of Arts program, with the exception of GRE scores. Required application elements for the ADP are: undergraduate transcript(s), three letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, writing sample, and resume or cv.
Accelerated Degree Program applicants must submit the Request for Accelerated Degree Program to the Graduate School and must simultaneously apply for admission to the English Master of Arts degree program. Students admitted to the ADP program may apply a maximum of 12 credits of graduate-level coursework toward completion of both the undergraduate and graduate degrees, provided that they earn a grade of “B” (3.0) or better in each graduate course and fulfill graduate-level requirements.
Please consult with the Director of Graduate Studies to determine how the courses taken at the graduate level will meet requirements for the BA. Where course content is appropriate, some graduate-level courses may count for specific undergraduate course requirements, as well as counting for hours taken in both the BA and MA degree. All degree requirements for the Master of Arts in English will remain the same as for the regular admission MA.
Up to, but not more than, 12 hours of graduate courses may be double-counted. Where course content is appropriate (as determined by the Director of Graduate Studies), a graduate-level course may also fulfill a specific BA course requirement. For a course to apply toward both degrees, whether for hours earned and/or for specific course requirements, the student must earn a grade of “B” (3.0) or better in the course and fulfill graduate-level requirements.
The MA degree requires 30-36 hours of graduate-level coursework. If the maximum of 12 hours is double-counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees, the student must complete a minimum of 18 hours of further graduate-level coursework to complete the MA degree. No more than 9 hours at the 500-level may be counted toward the MA degree. Please see the Graduate Bulletin for a full description of the MA degree requirements.
The following courses have been identified as those that may be counted toward the BA and MA degrees. These courses have been chosen because they are well suited to AMP students and because they are offered frequently enough to provide students substantial opportunity to enroll in them. All courses that lead to the completion of the MA degree must be approved by the Director of Graduate Study.
The following courses may be counted toward hours taken for both the BA and MA degrees:
And any three of the following courses: