MA Degree Requirements and Timeline

The Graduate Program in English offers a Master of Arts degree in English with three concentrations: one in English Education  with and without Illinois teaching licensure, one in English Studies, and one in Creative Writing. See our People page for more information about faculty specializations.

A Master’s in English from UIC prepares you for a number of careers and vocations within and beyond the academy. Graduates of our MA in English have gone on to PhD programs at Brown University, the University of California Irvine, and the University of California San Diego, among others, and law school at the University of Colorado at Boulder. They work in publishing and at nonprofits. They teach at high schools and community colleges all over Illinois and the nation. They craft freelance writing careers in New York City.

Applications for the MA are accepted once a year for the fall semester. The deadline to apply is February 1.

Course Requirements for the MA

All courses are four (4) credit hours except the following: ED 402, 403, 421, 425, SPED 410 (3 hrs each) and ENGL 596 & 597. ENGL 597 - Thesis Research may be taken for 0-4 hours; ENGL 596 - Independent Study may be taken for 1-4 hours.
English Studies (ENG) Creative Writing (CW) English Education (MA only) English Education w/license (MA with IL secondary ELA teaching license)
Minimum Total Credit Hours 32 32 32 53
Minimum Credit Hours in English 24 24 24 40
Minimum Credit Hours at 500-level (non-research) 12 12 12 12
Proseminar (Fall Year 1) 4 hrs - ENGL 500 4 hrs - ENGL 500 4 hrs - ENGL 500 4 hrs - ENGL 500
Bridge Course Requirements 8 hrs (may fulfill Dist Reqs) - Two courses from 507, 517, 527, 537, 547, 557, 567 8 hrs (may fulfill Dist Reqs) - Two courses from 507, 517, 527, 537, 547, 557, 567 8 hrs - ENGL 557 plus one of the following: 507, 517, 527, 537, 547, OR 567 8 hrs - ENGL 557 plus one of the following: 507, 517, 527, 537, 547, OR 567
Distribution Requirement (ENG and CW only); Students must concentrate in either pre-1914 or post-1914 by taking 2 courses in one time period and 1 course in the other. May be fulfilled by Bridge or 400-level courses w/DGS approval. *Distribution I Requirement: minimum 1 course in British and American Studies - Beginnings-1914, 2 courses if concentrating *Distribution II Requirement: minimum 1 course in British and American Studies - 1914-Present, 2 courses if concentrating *Distribution I Requirement: minimum 1 course in British and American Studies - Beginnings-1914, 2 courses if concentrating *Distribution II Requirement: minimum 1 course in British and American Studies - 1914-Present, 2 courses if concentrating N/A; see Literature Requirement N/A; see Literature Requirement
Literature Requirement (ED only--may be fulfilled through Bridge series or 400-level ENGL courses) N/A N/A 4 hrs - Literature Requirement: One literature course 4 hrs - Literature Requirement: One literature course
Teaching methods or education courses (ED only) N/A N/A 8 hrs - Methods Course Requirements: Two classes from ENGL 481, 482, 486, 489, 555 28 hrs - English Methods Courses: ENGL 486, 489, 481 AND Education Methods Courses: ED 402 or 403; ED 421 or 445; ED 425; SPED 410
Other required courses or electives N/A 12-16 hrs - Workshop Requirement: ENGL 570, 571, 572, 573, 574, 575, 576 8 hrs - Elective Requirements: At least two courses 8 hrs - Elective Requirements: At least two courses, which may include Education courses (like ED 402 or 403, and ED 421 or 425) that are required for licensure
Student Teaching Requirement (ED w/license only) N/A N/A N/A 12 hrs - ENGL 498, 499
Research Project 0-4 hrs - ENGL 597 0-4 hrs - ENGL 597 0-4 hrs - ENGL 597 0-4 hrs - ENGL 597

Note:
Distribution requirements may be fulfilled through Bridge Series work and 400-level offerings in the department. Bridge Series and advanced undergraduate courses with a grade of B or better may be counted toward these distribution requirements with the permission of the Director of Graduate Studies. No more than two undergraduate courses can be used to fulfill distribution requirements. Credit toward the MA is not given for any course in which the student receives a grade of less than B.

Independent Study

Students may sign up to work independently with one of our faculty. No more than four hours of credit taken in ENGL 596 may be counted toward the 32-hour degree requirement, but you may enroll in more than 4 hours of independent study if you wish. You can find the Independent Study form on our Forms page.

Self-Audit

You may perform a self-audit using the MA Progress to Degree Checklist found on the Forms page. If you have questions or want to double-check your self-audit, contact the Graduate Studies Program Coordinator to schedule a meeting.

 

MA in English Education

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