Master of Arts in English
The M.A. in English is the stepping stone toward completion of a Ph.D. in the field, which most often leads to the position of college professor. Admission requirements for the M.A. program are as follows:
- Meet the undergraduate course requirements for English: 18 undergraduate semester hours in English.
- Submit critical writing sample with application for admission.
- Meet GRE requirements: A combined score of 850 on Verbal and Quantitative sections of GRE General Test or a score of at least 450 on either section and a score of 2.5 on the Analytical Writing Assessment. NOTE: Students seeking Class AA Educators License (M.A. Plan-B) must meet Minimum score requirements on NTE or PRAXIS set by the state of Mississippi.
- Have 12 semester hours (or 2 high school credits plus intermediate level at university level) of course work or the reading knowledge of one foreign language before admission to candidacy.
Half of the coursework required for any degree program must be completed in the 6000-level courses. During the semester of graduation, students must pass written and oral examinations over all coursework in their degree program.
Master of Education in English
A thirty-hour program of English and Education courses with no thesis. This program also requires a class A secondary school teaching certificate before you complete the M.Ed. The program is designed for those who intend to teach at the secondary level throughout their career. Completion upgrades your certificate to AA-level.