What Sets UM-Flint's English Language and Literature (MA) Program Apart?
You may choose to pursue a general degree or to concentrate in Writing and Rhetoric or Literature.
The concentration option consists of twelve credits in the chosen area.
• Classes are held on-campus in the evenings, and some online
• The program requires 30 credit hours, typically completed within two years on a part-time basis
• With only one required core course (ENG 500), you have great flexibility to select courses which fit your schedule and interests.
• The other required degree elements (one course in theory and one course each in language study, writing, and literary study) can be fulfilled by a variety of classes.
• Combined with the many possibilities for the optional Individual Scholarship Experience, you can tailor this program to meet your unique personal and professional needs.
You will learn from faculty who are at the forefront of trends and studies from such areas as culture, society, and the arts.
• Bachelor’s degree with major or significant coursework in English or related fields from an accredited institution
• Minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
To be considered for admission, submit the following to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library:
• $55 application fee (non-refundable)
• Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
• Statement of Purpose: In 500-800 words, please discuss the intellectual and professional experiences that you bring to the program and your reasons for pursuing an MA in English at the University of Michigan-Flint. The Admissions Committee will be reviewing the content of your statement, as well as using it to assess your writing ability. Focused statements indicating clear goals and familiarity with our program will be given preference.
• Three letters of recommendation: Letters should be from people who are familiar with your work in academic or professional contexts, rather than personal ones, and who can comment on your critical thinking skills, your ability to undertake independent projects, and your capacity for collaborating with colleagues.
• International students must submit additional documentation. Visit www.umflint.edu/graduateprograms/admissions/international-students.page for details.
Admission decisions are made by the program director in consultation with the program faculty following the receipt of all application materials.
The program has rolling admissions and reviews completed applications each month.
Application deadlines are as follows:
Fall (early deadline*) – May 1
Fall (final deadline) – August 1
Winter – November 15
Spring – March 15
Summer – May 15
*You must apply by the early deadline to be eligible for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.
International students are required to apply earlier than the deadlines posted here. The final deadlines for international students are May 1 for the fall semester, September 1 for the winter semester, and January 1 for the spring term.
Requirements. Completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours, distributed as follows, with an overall cumulative grade point average of 5.0 (B) or better. The program must be completed within six consecutive years.
- English Studies (3 credits). ENG 500 - English Studies: Issues and Methods.
- Theory (3 credits). A course in literary or composition/rhetorical theory from: ENG 563 , ENG 567 , ENG 570 , ENG 571 .
- One course from each of the following areas (9 credits).
- Literature. ENG 522 , ENG 525 , ENG 526 , ENG 527 , ENG 531 , ENG 532 , ENG 533 , ENG 534 , ENG 537 , ENG 538 , ENG 539 , ENG 555 , ENG 587 .
- Linguistics. ENG 508 , ENG 509 , ENG 549 , ENG 588 ; LIN 520 , LIN 521 .
- Writing. ENG 560 , ENG 561 , ENG 562 , ENG 563 *, ENG 566 , ENG 567 *.
*May not also be counted toward theory requirement.
- Electives (15 credits). Additional courses in English to bring total credit hours to 30.
Students may specialize in one of two concentrations by completing twelve (12) credits as follows. Only one concentration may be completed. ENG 590 , ENG 592 , and ENG 593 do not count toward the concentration.
Writing and Rhetoric concentration
1. A course in rhetorical theory (ENG 563 or ENG 567 ) or a theory course approved by the program director.
2. Three (3) courses in composition, rhetoric, or creative writing.
1. A course in literary theory (ENG 570 or ENG 571 ) or a theory course approved by the program director.
2. Three (3) courses in literature.
Where appropriate, and after consultation with an advisor, students may fulfill program requirements with courses from cognate graduate areas such as Education, Social Sciences, and Liberal Studies.
Transfer of Credit
Up to six (6) semester credit hours of graduate credit completed at an accredited institution may be accepted for transfer. Transfers of credit are subject to the approval of the program director. Requests for transferring additional coursework may be made by submitting a petition to the program director.
Graduation Year: 2011
Hometown: Flint, MI
I chose to pursue my Masters degree in English at UM-Flint because it fits what I wanted and needed. The program here is flexible enough that I knew it would not restrict me in exploring what I want to do. The beauty of the program is that it exposes students to a wide range of fields, from Creative Nonfiction Writing to History of English to Multicultural Studies. One of the highlights of this program is that my professors teach courses that clearly reflect their unique areas of expertise as well as their interests and passions. As a student, I am constantly challenged to explore foreign areas and ideas, and subsequently, to situate myself amongst them.