Master of Arts, English


The graduate program in English at Georgia Southern University prepares its students for a variety of careers and also for advanced doctoral work. Students who enroll in the Master of Arts program in English enjoy the engaging atmosphere of graduate study and work closely with faculty members. These are published scholars whose specialties are as diverse as the courses within the program itself. The Center for Irish Studies, the Georgia Author Series, and the department’s annual British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Conference in nearby Savannah all provide added dimension to the graduate English program. Assistantships are available for qualified graduate students, who serve as teaching apprentices, editorial assistants for the department’s in-house Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies, and in other roles that contribute to their professional development.

Thesis: In cooperation with a thesis advisor and committee, the student will write a thesis (minimum length of 10,000 words, not counting “Notes” and “Works Cited”). The student must pass an oral examination consisting of a discussion of the thesis and of questions related to it. In depth and scope, the thesis must demonstrate originality in research as well as independent and critical judgment in interpreting materials.

Program Specific Requirements: All degree programs leading to the Master of Arts degree require a reading knowledge of a foreign language. French, German, or Spanish is generally required, but another language may be specified by the major professor when the latter is appropriate to the area of research proposed by the student in the thesis prospectus. A foreign national may not use English or his or her native language to satisfy the language requirements. Georgia Southern University offers the
following two options for graduate students who need to complete a foreign language requirement:

1. The language requirement may be satisfied by a minimum grade of “C” in the fourth course of a college-level foreign language that is approved by the student’s advisor.

2. A student primarily interested in reading research in his or her field should prepare to take the Foreign Language Graduate Reading Exam administered by the Department of
Foreign Languages. The student must arrange with the Department of Foreign Languages to take the test in the first half of any semester.

Program Contact Information:

Dr. Dustin Anderson
Director of Graduate Studies
Email: danderson@georgiasouthern.edu
Phone: (912) 478-1354

Degree Hours in Program of Study
M.A. 36

 

Regular Admission Requirements
1. Completed requirements for the Bachelor’s degree in a college accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting associations.
2. A 3.0 (4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average or higher on all undergraduate work.
3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.
4. An undergraduate major or the equivalent in the proposed field of study.
5. Two letters of recommendation by persons familiar with the applicant’s academic experience.
6. A sample of the applicant’s scholarly writing of at least 12-15 pages, to be sent directly to the department, c/o the Director of Graduate Studies.
7. Statement of Purpose (250-500) words. This statement should address the applicant’s academic achievements and major accomplishments, contributions to or experiences in this field of study, pertinent extra-curricular activities, and the reasons why he or she wishes to attend Georgia Southern. While the personal statement is only one of many factors the graduate admissions committee considers when making admission decisions, it helps provide context for the rest of the application.

Provisional Admission Requirements
Provisional admission is sometimes possible if a candidate has better than a 2.75 (4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average on undergraduate college work. Students who do not meet provisional requirements may appeal to a departmental committee of graduate faculty members for admission.

English, M.A. Admissions Deadlines
Fall Spring Summer
Priority Deadline March 1 October 1 March 15
Final Deadline July 31 November 15 April 1

Last updated: 5/18/2017

Office of Graduate Admissions • PO Box 8113 Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-5384 • gradadmissions@georgiasouthern.edu