Selected Educational Outcomes

  1. To demonstrate an ability to interpret language and literature in light of key facts, concepts, and contexts.
  2. To employ a variety of critical approaches.
  3. To produce systematic and thoroughly researched work appropriate to the discipline.
  4. To participate in activities related to the profession.

Outcome Assessments

The English Department assesses the extent to which its program requirements create the desired outcomes by using a variety of techniques. Examples of these assessments (and the related educational outcome) include the following:

  1. Students will pass a two-hour written comprehensive examination or prepare a master’s thesis.
  2. Students will pass either an oral examination or successfully defend a thesis.
  3. Students will complete a Graduate Student Exit Questionnaire and an exit interview.

Prior to admission to any graduate program at Valdosta State University, applicants must first submit a completed application to the Graduate School. A completed application includes official transcripts from all institutions previously attended, official test scores (GRE), completed application, fee, and any additional program requirements, submitted by the admission deadline. To be considered for the preferred term, all required materials must be received by the Graduate School no later than the close of business on the deadline. It is the responsibility of the applicant to allow adequate time for document submission and to ensure receipt of documents.

Application Deadlines:

Early Fall Deadline: April 1
Fall Deadline: July 15

Go to the Graduate School website and click on Our Programs, then click on English for information on:

  • Specific English Program Admission Requirements
  • English Program Retention, Dismissal, and Readmission Policies
  • English Program Graduation Requirements

To Apply Online, click here.

Students may be accepted as probationary students in the Department of English. In order to be accepted as such, students must meet either the minimum GPA or GRE requirements. Moreover, students must submit a three-page essay to the Department of English, detailing (a) career goals and (b) academic interests. Probationary acceptance is provisional and at the discretion of the Graduate Committee.

Thesis Option

A master’s thesis in English should be a work of 50 or more pages demonstrating competent and substantial research coupled with an innovative approach to the subject matter. The thesis will be directed by a faculty member and a committee of two other faculty members (one of whom must be from a department outside English). Once the thesis has been submitted, students will have an oral defense covering both the thesis and their coursework. Students following this option must complete a minimum of 30 hours of coursework and 6 hours of thesis credit.

For important additional thesis guidelines, click here.   

Non-Thesis Option—Comprehensive Examination

In either track, students will develop, in consultation with their committee, a reading list representative of a currently recognized sub-field or specialty in their specific area of emphasis. This list should consist of no fewer than 20 secondary sources (articles and/or book chapters), excluding material that students have already studied in their classes.

Students will then take a three-hour written examination over the reading list as well as undergo a follow-up oral examination over the written test and their coursework. These examinations should be taken during the final semester. Students following this option must complete 36 hours of coursework.

For important additional exam guidelines, click here

Students who plan to take the comprehensive examination in either area of emphasis may take 3 credits of exam reading hours (ENGL 8995). Students should submit a formal request to the graduate coordinator briefly outlining the scope of the exam and must include the reading list assigned to them by their exam committee chair as well as a copy of the committee appointment form including all required signatures. The three credits of reading hours can count toward the 36 hours of coursework required for the degree. Exam reading hours may not be repeated for credit.

Students entering either emphasis without an undergraduate degree in English or an English minor must complete the following requirements prior to enrollment in graduate-level coursework with a grade of "B" or higher in each:

ENGL 3060Introduction to Criticism and Research3
ENGL 3210American Literature I3
ENGL 3215American Literature II3
ENGL 3110British Literature I3
ENGL 3120British Literature II3

Emphasis in Literature

Required Courses
ENGL 7000Approaches to Graduate Study3
ENGL 7010Approaches to Critical Theory3
Semeinars (8000-level)12
Guided Electives
Select eighteen hours from the following options:18
Studies Courses (7000-level ENGL)0-18
Seminars (8000-level ENGL)0-18
Graduate Option (ENGL 6000 and/or course from other departments) 10-9
Thesis Hours (under thesis option)6
Total Required for the Degree36
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In order to take advantage of our extensive undergraduate offerings and to engage in interdisciplinary study, students will also have the opportunity to exercise a graduate option. Under this option, students will be allowed a maximum of 9 hours of coursework that can be drawn from selected 4000-level courses within the English Department with the prefies ENGL, LING, CWCL, and JOUR (with the instructor’s permission, graduate students may take the undergraduate course with  appropriate adjustments in the course syllabus); only 6 hours of the Graduate Option can be taken as graduate courses outside the English Department.
 

Emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition

The Rhetoric and Composition Emphasis
Required Courses:
ENGL 7000Approaches to Graduate Study3
ENGL 7010Approaches to Critical Theory3
Required, if not taken as an undergraduate
ENGL 4620Survey of the History of Rhetoric 23
Select one of the following:3-6
Studies in Rhetoric and Composition
Seminar in Rhetoric and Composition
Studies in Rhetoric and Composition
and Seminar in Rhetoric and Composition
Select one of the following:3-6
Studies in Rhetoric and Composition
Seminar in Rhetoric and Composition
Principles of Language Study 2
Language in Society 2
History of the English Language
Workshop in Rhetoric and Composition 3
Guided Electives
Select eighteen hours from the following:18
Studies Courses (7000-level ENGL)0-18
Seminars (8000-level ENGL)0-18
Graduate Option (ENGL 6000 and/or courses from other departments) 10-9
Thesis Hours (under the thesis option)6
Total Required for the Degree36
1

In order to take advantage of our extensive undergraduate offerings and to engage in interdisciplinary study, students will also have the opportunity to exercise a graduate option. Under this option, students will be allowed a maximum of 9 hours of coursework which can be drawn from selected 4000-level courses within the English Department with the prefies ENGL, LING, CRWR, and JOUR (with the instructor’s permission, graduate students may take the undergraduate course with appropriate adjustments in the course syllabus); only 6 hours of the Graduate Option can be taken as graduate courses outside the English Department
 

2

 These courses fall under the Graduate Option that allows for only two courses at the 4000 level. Credit for such courses will be listed as ENGL 6000 Graduate Option If taken at the undergraduate level, these courses cannot be taken again for
graduate credit.
 

3

ENGL 8690 may be taken twice for credit

Students seeking the M.A. in English as a second master’s degree must satisfy all the requirements for the Master of Arts in English.

T-5 Certification

Students wishing to obtain T-5 certification may do so after the completion of the M.A. program, provided they have a T-4 certificate and complete the professional education courses required for T-5 certification by the State Department of Education.