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M.A. Timeline

YEAR 1:

FALL SEMESTER

  • GTAs take 2 courses (801 + one), teach 2 courses. GRAs take 3 courses.
  • Visit DGS or assigned advisor once a month to update on progress and perceptions.

SPRING SEMESTER

  • GTAs take 2 courses (800 or 780 + one), teach 2 courses. GRAs take 3 courses. Pay attention to distribution requirements (pre-1700, 1700-1900, post-1900; pre-1800, post-1800, literary theory; rhet/comp; English language studies, etc.) depending on your track.
  • Visit DGS or assigned advisor at least once during the semester; discuss best advisor choices for Year 2

SUMMER SEMESTER

  • Enroll in Summer Institute if topic and/or methodology matches interests
  • Consider conferences suited to your field and schedule; choose a local one for attendance in Year 2. Simply plan to attend if you are getting a feel for future academic work; draft an Abstract for a conference paper (preferably with ideas/materials/writing drawn from one of your courses) if you are considering PhD programs. Even if your abstract is not accepted, you can attend the conference without the pressure of presenting.

YEAR 2:

  • Attend at least one conference to familiarize yourself with procedures, network with other grad students and scholars in your field, and/or present a paper

FALL SEMESTER

  • Take 2 courses, teach 2 courses
  • Visit advisor in person at least once during the semester

WINTER BREAK

  • If you are considering PhD programs, think about revising one of your seminar papers/independent study projects for submission to a journal. Research the journals most suited to placement of your piece. (“Research” would include talking to your advisor and the professor for whom the piece was originally written).
  • Decide whether you want to take the MA exam or write a thesis

SPRING SEMESTER

  • Take 2 courses, teach 2 courses.  If you have decided on the Exam, and you took one class in the summer of Year 1, these 2 courses will complete the required 9 classes for the MA degree.  If you have decided on the Thesis, take one conventional course to complete the required 8 classes and enroll in 3 hours of 899.
  • Visit advisor in person regularly during the semester

SUMMER SEMESTER

  • Summer teaching, if eligible
  • Enroll in Summer Institute if topic and/or methodology matches interests

YEAR 3:

FALL SEMESTER

  • Take 2 courses, teach 2 courses. Exam students: enroll in 3 hours of English 897 (exam prep). Thesis students: enroll in your second semester of English 899 hours.
  • Visit committee regularly during the semester
  • Final Oral Examination? (Thesis Defense or MA Exam)

SPRING SEMESTER

  • Might be necessary to complete hours/course requirements, or for additional polishing of the thesis.  
  • Final Oral Examination (Thesis Defense)

 


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