Master of Arts in English
Master of Arts in English
- The MA program in English at SJSU is a 30 semester-unit research program. At least
21 of these units must be graduate level (i.e.,200-numbered) courses; ENGL 201 (Materials and Methods of Literary Research, 3 units) is required. Any
undergraduate course work to be applied to the M.A. program must be approved in advance
by the graduate adviser. You can find the MA program learning outcomes here.
- Students must demonstrate reading proficiency in a foreign language by passing the departmental language examination. (This requirement is waived for students who have, within five years of achieving
candidacy, earned a grade of at least "B" in the second semester of an acceptable
foreign language course. It is also waived for students whose first language is not
- Students must also pass the M.A. comprehensive examinations.
- An M.A. Thesis is not required. You may take your entire 30 units in course work (Plan
B). Or you may, if you have a strong record and submit a strong proposal, be permitted
to write a six-unit thesis as part of your 30-unit program (Plan A).
- Admission is based on a critical writing sample that demonstrates mastery in written English,
an ability to analyze literature, and, ideally, research skills that support literary
- MA students have the opportunity to apply for teaching associate and graduate assistant positions in the English Department. Teaching Associates are limited to taking two courses (6 semester-units) while teaching one or two sections of lower-division General Education courses, usually Freshman Composition. Teaching Associates receive, in addition to a modest salary, a 6-unit fee waiver.
Ten Reasons to Apply
- Small seminar classes (averaging 15-16 students) taught by actively publishing, available faculty
- Wide range of seminars in American, British, and World Literature as well as seminars in literary research, rhetoric, and composition studies
- Numerous cash awards for student writing
- MA increases secondary school teachers’ salaries
- MA or other advanced degree required for teaching in California Junior Colleges
- Option to continue graduate study in major doctoral programs
- Teaching opportunities while completing the degree through the department’s Graduate Assistant and Teaching Associate programs
- Chance to take creative writing workshops taught in the MFA program
- Option of writing an MA Thesis
- Opportunity to be part of an active intellectual, artistic, and social community.
For further information, read through our Frequently Asked Questions.
The Graduate Newsletter, published twice each semester, includes important deadlines, upcoming course offerings, Teaching Assistant positions, language exam information, comprehensive exams, thesis deadlines and other important announcements.
Revathi Krishnaswamy, Graduate Coordinator
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