MA in English

Admission Requirements

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

  • Baccalaureate Field Applicants who intend to concentrate in English Studies or English Education must have an undergraduate major in English or the equivalent that includes a balanced program in English and American literature beyond the level of sophomore surveys. Applicants who intend to concentrate in Creative Writing may have an undergraduate major or a graduate degree in any field, if they show substantial evidence of ability to complete the work in literature required for the degree in English.
  • Grade Point Average At least 3.00/4.00 for the final 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate study and for all graduate work.
  • Tests Required GRE General.
  • Minimum English Competency Score
    • TOEFL 600 (paper-based); 95, with minimum subscores of Reading 24, Listening 24, Speaking 24, and Writing 22 (iBT Internet-based TOEFL). OR,
    • IELTS 7.0, with subscores of 6.5 for all four subscores, OR,
    • PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56.
  • Letters of Recommendation Three required, preferably from individuals acquainted with the applicant’s recent academic, professional, or creative work.
  • Statement of Purpose Required.
    • Domestic applicants must submit a statement of about 500 words presenting their reasons for wanting to take graduate work in English at UIC and the relationship of this advanced training to professional and other goals.
    • International applicants must submit a two- or three-page summary of their educational experience that emphasizes their work in English and American literature and language. They should conclude this summary with their reasons for wanting to do graduate work in the English department.
  • Other Requirements
    • Coversheet: All MA and PhD applicants must submit a coversheet (available as a MS Word document from http://www.uic.edu/depts/engl/forms/Application%20Coversheet.docx) with application materials.
    • Writing sample: All MA and PhD applicants must submit a sample of their written work.
      • Applicants for the English Studies concentration should submit a sample of no more than 20 pages appropriate to their proposed area of study.
      • Applicants for the Program for Writers should submit a sample of no more than 20 pages of material in genre of interest (at least five poems, one or more stories, a chapter from a novel, comparable work, etc.). Applicants for the Program for Writers may submit an optional critical writing sample of no more than 20 pages.
    • CV/Resume
  • Deadlines Application deadlines for this program are listed on the Graduate College website at http://grad.uic.edu/deadlines.

Additional information can be found on the Department of English website under “Admissions” at http://engl.uic.edu/english/admissions.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

  • Minimum Semester Hours Required 32.
  • Course Work At least 12 of the 32 hours must be at the 500-level, and at least 24 of the 32 hours must be in the Department of English. Credit toward the MA is not given for any course in which the student receives a grade of less than B.
Required Courses
All MA students are required to take the following courses for a total of 12 hours of required courses:
Master's Proseminar
Bridge Series Courses a
Select two of the following:
Theory, Rhetoric, and Aesthetics
British Literature and Culture
American Literature and Culture
Global and Multiethnic Literatures and Cultures
Media, Film, and Performance Studies
Language and Literacy
Discourse Analysis
Distribution Requirements b
Two courses in British and American studies from the beginnings to 1914
Two courses in British and American studies since 1914
a

Master’s students who wish to take courses from the other 500-level series (Discourse, Text, and Context; or Theoretical Engagements) must have the permission of the instructor. 

b

These distribution requirements can be fulfilled through Bridge Series work and 400-level offerings in the department. 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 4 hours of credit each taken in ENGL 596 and ENGL 597 may be counted toward the degree.

Creative Writing

At least 12 and no more than 16 hours of creative writing workshops in addition to the above requirements.

English Education

Concentration Requirements
As part of the 32 hours required for the MA degree, students must take the following courses:
Language and Literacy (as one of two Bridge Series courses)
Select two of the following courses in Teaching Methods:
Methods of Teaching English in Middle and Secondary Schools
Campus Writing Consultants
The Teaching of Writing in Middle and Secondary Schools
The Teaching of Reading and Literature in Middle and Secondary Schools
Teaching College Writing
One additional course in literature
Two electives chosen with approval of the advisor
  • Additional Requirements for Teacher LicensureStudents who wish to seek teacher licensure must take additional courses in the College of Education and complete student teaching to be eligible for state licensure. Such students are also more restricted in their choices of courses within the concentration. Courses should be selected in consultation with an advisor. Contact the Department of English for the current requirements. At the time of this writing, in addition to the MA requirements and the requirements for the Concentration in English Education, students seeking licensure must complete additional courses.
Additional Courses for Teacher Licensure
Complete the following English courses:
Methods of Teaching English in Middle and Secondary Schools
The Teaching of Writing in Middle and Secondary Schools
The Teaching of Reading and Literature in Middle and Secondary Schools
Complete the following education courses and student teaching program:
Philosophy of Education and Urban School Policy
Policy Issues in the History of American Education
Advanced Educational Psychology
Adolescence and the Schools
Instruction and Assessment in the Urban Secondary Classroom (taken in conjection with ENGL 481)
Exceptional Learners
Educational Practice with Seminar I (student teaching with seminar)
Educational Practice with Seminar II (student teaching with seminar)
  • The teaching license is not automatically awarded upon successful completion of degree and licensure requirements. For more information on application procedures for the teaching license, contact the Council on Teacher Education in the College of Education.​
  • Comprehensive Examination None.
  • Thesis, Project, or Course-Work-Only Options Project consisting of a qualifying paper required for all concentrations. No other options are available. Students must register for 0 hours of ENGL 597; up to 4 hours of credit in this course may be applied toward the degree.

Interdepartmental Concentration in Gender and Women’s Studies

Students earning a graduate degree in this department may complement their courses by enrolling in a concentration in Gender and Women’s Studies after consulting with their graduate advisor. See Gender and Women’s Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for more information.

Interdepartmental Concentration in Latin American and Latino Studies

Students earning a graduate degree in this department may complement their courses by enrolling in a concentration in Latin American and Latino Studies. See Latin American and Latino Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for more information.

Interdepartmental Concentration in Second Language Teaching

Students earning a graduate degree in the department may complement their courses by enrolling in a concentration in Second Language Teaching. See Second Language Teaching in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section of the catalog for more information.