The Master of Arts Program in English at UCA

The Department offers two tracks.  The traditional track (Master of Arts in English) is designed for students who plan to pursue a doctorate degree at a later date, secondary school instructors who wish to gain more content knowledge, and others interested in obtaining an MA degree before pursuing careers that prioritize strong reading, writing, analytical, and oral communication skills. This track allows more flexibility in terms of selecting coursework.

 

The Language Arts Option (Master of Arts in English—Language Arts Option) is tailored specifically to meet the needs of secondary school instructors looking for additional content knowledge, especially in diverse literatures and in composition, creative writing, and language and grammar content.

 

 

Traditional

Language Arts Option

  • 30 Hours of Graduate-level Courses

(With 15 hours at the 6000 level)

  • 30 Hours of Graduate-level Courses

(With 15 hours at the 6000 level)

 

       9 Hours of Required Courses:

  • ENGL 6393: Research Methods
  • ENGL 5366: Literary Theory and Criticism
  • ENGL 5360: History and Structure of the English Language

 

       21 Hours of Required Courses:

  • ENGL 6393: Research Methods
  • ENGL 5366: Literary Theory and Criticism
  • ENGL 5360: History and Structure of the English Language
  • LING 5310: Educational Linguistics
  • WRTG 5320: Teaching Creative Writing: History, Theory and Practice
  • WRTG 5330: Contemporary Composition: Theory and Application
  • ENGL 6365: Diverse Literatures Seminar

 

  • Comprehensive Exam

 

  • Capstone Research Paper of 25 pages utilizing research methodology in composition theory
  • Portfolio of self-selected assignments completed for MA courses

 

  • Thesis Option: In lieu of 6 of the 6000-level hours, students may elect to enroll in 6 hours of “Thesis Hours,” complete a thesis under the guidance of an advisor and committee, and sit for an oral defense of the thesis. (Students electing to complete a thesis should select a topic and assemble a thesis committee by the beginning of the first semester of their second year.)
  • Students may elect to enroll in WRTG 6610: Central Arkansas Writing Project Summer Institute. As a 6-hour workshop, this elective will add 3 hours to the degree program.

 

Those students on the traditional track must choose one of the following plans:

(1) Satisfactorily complete 30 hours of English and pass a comprehensive examination based upon the department's Master's Reading List

OR

(2) Satisfactorily complete 24 hours of English, pass a comprehensive examination based upon the department's Master's Reading List, prepare a thesis for which 6 hours of credit are earned, and pass an oral examination over the subject matter of the thesis.

Visit the following links for more information about  the M.A. English Comprehensive Exam: Policies and Procedures Reading ListSample Exams, Exam Dates, and Information Sessions.

In both plans, at least 15 of the student's 30 hours must consist of 6000-level courses. All students pursuing the Master of Arts in English are required to pass

____ ENGL 5360 History and Structure of the English Language
____ ENGL 5366 Literacy Theory and Criticism
____ ENGL 6393 Research Methods in English

The department strongly recommends that ENGL 6393 be taken at the earliest opportunity.

Upon acceptance into the graduate program, each student will be advised by a member of the department's graduate faculty and will procure a Master's Reading List from the departmental secretary. At or near the end of the candidate's program, the Coordinator of Graduate Study and members of the graduate faculty will give the student a comprehensive, written examination. If the candidate's performance is unsatisfactory, the student may be re-examined during one of the regularly scheduled comprehensive exam periods.

Should the student elect the thesis option, he or she will select a major professor to direct the thesis. When the thesis is submitted, an oral examination will be given by a committee composed of the major professor, a member of the graduate faculty (to be appointed by the departmental chairperson), and a member of the graduate faculty from outside the Department of English.