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Dr. Jason King, Program Director

The Master of Arts degree in English prepares students for further graduate work, teaching,

creative writing, or other related opportunities. The degree consists of a major in English. A minor

is optional; however, a minor is not recommended for students anticipating doctoral work in

English. If a student chooses to include minor hours, minor fields include counseling and human

development, education, finance and economics, history, family ministry, psychology, and

religion. English may also be offered as a minor on the Master of Education degree. The

department will consider other minors upon student request.


Students must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and present 18

upper-division hours in English. Students who do not present 18 upper-division English hours will

take leveling work prescribed by the program director. Students required to complete leveling

work will receive provisional admission.

Admission Criteria

Applicants for the Master of Arts degree in English must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally

accredited college or university. Admission to the program requires the program director’s

endorsement, which will be based on evaluation of the following elements:


Prior academic performance, evaluated in regard to (1) overall GPA, (2) GPA in all course

work in English, (3) overall Upper-level GPA, (4) fulfillment of necessary prerequisites,

(5) previous graduate course work, and (6) the dates of completion of previous academic



If required, a score on the verbal subtest of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Required only if evidence of undergraduate academic performance is insufficient to clearly

suggest the potential for success at the graduate level.


Writing sample. A research paper from an undergraduate advanced English course will



Three letters of recommendation.

Early Admission Option

Undergraduates attending HSU who have completed all English courses required for a major in

English may, with permission of the program director, take up to six hours in English at the 5000

or 6000 level during their senior year and, if completed with a grade of C or higher, apply these

hours toward the Master of Arts degree in English from HSU; however, permission to take

graduate-level English courses as an undergraduate does not mean automatic admission to HSU’s

Graduate Program in English. Regular application procedures to the graduate program would be

necessary following the completion of the undergraduate degree.

Foreign Language Requirement

A student pursuing an MA in English must show proficiency in the reading of at least one foreign

language approved by the department of English. The requirement may be credited if a student has

successfully completed, either as an undergraduate or as a graduate student, three courses in one

foreign language, for example, SPAN 1401, SPAN 1402, and SPAN 2301. Alternatively, a student

may satisfy the requirement by passing a translation exam, which can be arranged with the program


Graduation Requirements

Graduation from the English Program involves the successful completion of the curriculum,