Accelerated Master of Arts in English

Start earning your M.A. as an undergraduate! 

In our Accelerated M.A. or “4 + 1” program, undergraduate English majors can earn their M.A. with only one additional year of course work. How? Up to 12 credit hours earned in your senior year can count toward both your Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. This cuts the number of credits hours for an M.A. from 30 to 18. It also lets you pay undergraduate rates for nearly half of your graduate degree.


Who can apply?

Declared English majors with senior status, at least 45 earned credit hours, and a minimum GPA of 3.0 (cumulative) and 3.5 (English).


What do I need? 

  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • a personal statement describing career objectives and academic/professional interests (at least 750 words)
  • a thesis-driven essay on a literary or scholarly topic (8-12 pages double-spaced)


Students interested in applying should contact the English Graduate Director early in their junior year.