The School of Arts and Sciences offers a Master of Arts degree in English on the main campus in Olean.
The M.A. in English offers financial
support and unique opportunities for mentored classroom teaching
experience. Students enjoy:
- small classes
- close collaboration with and advising from faculty
- an excellent record of success in seeking employment or gaining admission to doctoral programs.
- Transcripts from all undergraduate colleges, showing bachelor's degree and a solid undergraduate record.
- Demonstrated competency in reading Latin, French, German or
Spanish. This requirement is usually fulfilled during the first
semester of graduate work.
- Sufficient undergraduate coursework in English, Comparative
Literature, or related subject areas, with a success that indicates the
ability to pursue graduate work. Most English M.A. students will enter
with a B.A. in English or literature, but students with degrees in other
disciplines are encouraged to apply.
- Two recommendations addressing the applicant's ability to successfully undertake graduate study.
- Official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test or a copy of a 10 - 12 page paper submitted for an undergraduate English class.
- Additional information (e.g. interview, writing sample) as may be requested by the program director.
- Satisfactory completion of:
- 30 credit hours in English graduate
level courses for the General Master's Track. For more go to General Master's Track Requirements.
- 36 credit hours
(includes 6 thesis hours) for the Academic Pre-professional Track. For more go to Academic Pre-professional Track Requirements.
- All English graduate students must pass ENG 500: Bibliography and Methods of Research.
- A written comprehensive examination covering the required reading
as listed on the English Graduate Reading List. This is graded on a
Pass/Fail basis. For more information, go to the Comprehensive Examinations page.
- An oral comprehensive examination. Students writing a thesis will
undertake the oral comprehensive exam as the thesis defense.
Students pursuing the non-thesis option will take an oral comprehensive
examination, which covers the texts listed on the English Graduate
Reading List. In either scenario, the oral comprehensive exam
is graded on Pass/Fail basis. For more information, go to the Comprehensive Examinations page.
- Learning/Teaching Fellows must write a thesis for completion
of the degree program. Academic Pre-professional Track students who are
not Fellows may petition to write a thesis as part of their degree
program. Students who are not following the Academic Pre-Professional
Track will be expected to follow the General Master's Track described
below. For more information, go to Thesis Requirements.
As a learning/teaching fellow at St. Bonaventure University, you will assist senior faculty and teach under their guidance, giving you a competitive edge in the demanding academic marketplace. Learn more