Requirements for General Master's Track
This program of study is directed at students who are not planning to continue with graduate study at the Ph.D level. Students interested pursuing careers outside of academia should consider this program of study.
The General Master's track will provide the minimum requirements and background for students interested in teaching at the community college level; however, the Pre-Professional track is recommended.
For this program of study, the student is required to complete all of the degree requirements (e.g. comprehensive exam) for the M.A. in English. This is usually achieved by successfully completing a total of 30 credit hours of contact course work (10 classes). In some cases, General Track M.A. students may petition to pursue a thesis option (6 credit hours).
The Generalist and Academic Pre-professional M.A. are both designed as four-semester/two-year programs. Well-qualified SBU undergrads aiming for the M.A. may be able to shorten their M.A. degree program by taking English graduate courses while still an undergrad (permission from the graduate program director and graduate dean's office is required).
Requirements for Pre-professional Academic Track
This program of study is required for all Learning/Teaching Fellows, and it is recommended for all M.A. students in English who plan to continue their graduate work at the Ph.D level.
Specific requirements of this 36-credit hour M.A. are:
- All degree requirements for the M.A. in English.
- Three contact courses (9 credit hours) in one of the three designated areas of concentration. Students may choose from the following areas of concentration:
- Early British (inception – 18th century: inception to 1799)
- Modern British (Romantic – Contemporary: 1800 to present)
- At least one course in each of the three designated areas of concentration
- At least one course in literary criticism/theory
- ENG 504. Composition Theory
- ENG 505. Teaching Practicum
- Thesis project required (i.e. the 36-hour degree is composed of 30 credit hours of contact-taught course work and 6 credit hours of ENG 699: Master’s Thesis, an independent research course). University Assistants and other Academic Pre-professional Track students not holding a Learning/Teaching Fellowship may petition to write a thesis. See the current Graduate Catalog for information on the petition process.
- Teaching is required for all learning/teaching fellows - this includes active participation in the mentoring program carried out as part of ENG 504 and ENG 505. University Assistants will be required to maintain tutoring hours within the department. This includes active participation in practicum meetings.
Based on these requirements, students will use the following program of study to direct their completion of the degree requirements for the Academic Pre-Professional Track:
|Requirement ||Courses Needed ||Credit Hours |
|Bibliography ||1 ||3 |
|Composition Theory ||1 ||3 |
|Teaching Practicum ||1 ||3 |
|Concentration (British/American) ||3 ||9 |
|Distribution Courses (British/American) ||2 ||6 |
|Literary Theory/Criticism ||1 ||3 |
|Thesis Research Hours (ENG 699*) ||2 ||6 |
|Elective ||1 ||3 |
|TOTAL ||12 ||36 |
Students completing the thesis requirement must work under the direct guidance of an English Department graduate faculty member and prepare the document in conformity with the regulations approved by the Graduate Council.
Students will work with a thesis committee consisting of three English department graduate faculty members: a thesis adviser and two faculty readers. The thesis adviser should be a professor working in the area of the thesis topic and will work out a time table for reading, conferences, and manuscript completion and revision with the student. The student should obtain from the School of Graduate Studies, located in Murphy Hall, a "Guide to Thesis Preparation," which contains further instructions and forms.
Students should begin to formulate their thesis topic early on in the program and engage in critical discussions with English department faculty members to refine the topic before submitting the project title and outline to the thesis adviser.
Students must enroll in three credit hours of ENG 699: Master's Thesis in each of the final two semesters of their graduate program. Credit for the course will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the thesis and passing the thesis defense. The Student must submit the project title and outline to his/her thesis adviser in accordance with the deadlines published in the University calendar (approximately six months prior to the anticipated date of degree completion).
In the final semester of the student’s graduate program, he/she must register for the thesis defense with the associate director of graduate studies and schedule the defense with his/her thesis committee in accordance with the deadlines posted on the University calendar.
At that time, the student should present a clean copy of the thesis to each of the thesis committee members, thereby providing them with ample time to adequately read and assess the manuscript. Finally, students will participate in the thesis defense. (For a description of that requirement, see "Oral Comprehensive Exam/Thesis Defense" on the Comprehensive Examinations page.)