The Center for Writing Studies

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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M.A. Degree

Department of English

MA Requirements with Specialization in Writing Studies

The MA degree may be completed in one year but most students take two years, combining their study with a teaching assistantship. The basic requirements are:

At least four of the eight courses must be 500-level graduate seminars (limited to 14 students). The others may (but need not) be 400-level courses (limited to 36 students) in which graduate students complete work in addition to that expected by undergraduates.

The Foreign Language Requirement may be satisfied by demonstrating a reading knowledge of an appropriate foreign language in one of the following three ways:

After completing the MA degree with Specialization in Writing Studies, students may apply for admission to the PhD program with Concentration in Writing Studies; admission is ordinarily granted to students in good standing committed to continuing in the program.