30-35 course credits and 5-10 credits for the Master's Essay. Up to 5 credits
may be transferable from previous graduate degree work. The MA Essay often
develops from a paper written for a course, follows the form of an article
for a scholarly journal and demonstrates the candidate's competence in research
and writing on an independently conceived topic of some scope. If the candidate
does not wish to pursue the Ph.D., coursework may be substituted for the Master's
Essay. The program may be completed within four full-time quarters.
- A 3.0 or higher in the final course of a second-year college-level course
sequence (or more advanced), taken within three years prior to entrance; or
- Approved professional verification of native-speaker reading ability in
another language; or
- A passing score on a language
exam administered by the University
of Washington Office of Educational Assessment; or
- Completion of Advanced Old English language and literature (Engl
513) with a grade of 3.0 or better; or
- Comparable alternatives (e.g., study abroad or summer immersion program)
approved by the Director of Graduate Studies.
Continuation to the Ph.D. Program
Our M.A./Ph.D. program is fully integrated. Students wishing to continue to
the Ph.D. can do so internally and non-competitively, given satisfactory academic
progress and completion of the Master's Essay.
Staff in the
English Graduate Office are available to answer questions concerning admission
and program requirements.