English M.A.

Degree Requirements: 36 Credit Hours

Admission Requirements


  1. Completed requirements for the Bachelor’s degree in a college accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting associations.
  2. A 3.0 (4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average or higher on all undergraduate work.
  3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.
  4. An undergraduate major or the equivalent in the proposed field of study.
  5. Two letters of recommendation by persons familiar with the applicant’s academic experience.
  6. A sample of the applicant’s scholarly writing of at least 12-15 pages, to be sent directly to the department, c/o the Director of Graduate Studies.
  7. Statement of Purpose (250-500) words. This statement should address the applicant’s academic achievements and major accomplishments, contributions to or experiences in this field of study, pertinent extra-curricular activities, and the reasons why he or she wishes to attend Georgia Southern. While the personal statement is only one of many factors the graduate admissions committee considers when making admission decisions, it helps provide context for the rest of the application.


Provisional admission is sometimes possible if a candidate has better than a 2.75 (4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average on undergraduate college work. Students who do not meet provisional requirements may appeal to a departmental committee of graduate faculty members for admission.

Program of Study

Credit Hours
Required Hours
ENGL   7111Seminar in College English1
ENGL   7121Methods of Research2
ENGL   7618Thesis Preparation1
ENGL - Six seminars at the 6000 or 7000 level18
Electives (courses at the ENGL 5000 level or additional ENGL seminars)
Select 9 credit hours of Electives9
Up to six credit hours may be taken in other disciplines (no more than one course per department) upon approval of the Director.
(See below and for more information consult the M.A. English web page at http://class.georgiasouthern.edu/litphi/literature/graduate/#thesis)
Total Credit Hours36

In cooperation with a thesis advisor and committee, the student will write an M.A. thesis of 10,000-12,000 words, not counting Notes and Works Cited. (With the approval of the thesis director, the student may write a longer thesis.) The student must pass an oral examination consisting of a discussion of the thesis and of questions related to it. In depth and scope, the thesis must demonstrate originality in research as well as independent and critical judgment in interpreting materials. The major professor shall supervise the research, direct the writing of the thesis, and, in consultation with the second and third readers, approve the thesis in its final form. See the Graduate Student Manual for additional Thesis information. Prior to beginning the thesis, the student should have the supervisor complete a thesis Prospectus Form to be approved by the department and the Graduate College.

Other Program Requirements

Language Requirement

All degree programs leading to the Master of Arts degree require a reading knowledge of a foreign language. French, German, or Spanish is generally required, but another language may be specified by the major professor when the latter is appropriate to the area of research proposed by the student in the thesis prospectus. A foreign national may not use English or his or her native language to satisfy the language requirements.

Georgia Southern University offers the following two options for graduate students who need to complete a foreign language requirement:

  1. The language requirement may be satisfied by a minimum grade of “C” in the fourth course of a college-level foreign language that is approved by the student’s advisor.
  2. A student primarily interested in reading research in his or her field should prepare to take the Foreign Language Graduate Reading Exam administered by the Department of Foreign Languages. The student must arrange with the Department of Foreign Languages to take the test in the first half of any semester.


Credit Hours
ENGL   6630Seminar in Medieval Literature3
ENGL   6631Shakespeare Seminar3
ENGL   6632Seminar in Literature of the English Renaissance3
ENGL   6633Seminar in Restoration and Eighteen Century British Literature3
ENGL   6634Seminar in Major Authors3
ENGL   6635Women's and Gender Issues3
ENGL   6636African-American Literature3
ENGL   6637Criticism and Theory3
ENGL   7630Seminar in World and Comparative Literature3
ENGL   7631Seminar in the British Novel3
ENGL   7632Seminar in the American Novel3
ENGL   7633Seminar in Nineteenth-Century British Literature3
ENGL   7634Seminar in Twentieth-Century British Literature3
ENGL   7635Seminar in Nineteenth-Century American Literature3
ENGL   7637Seminar in Twentieth-Century American Literature3
ENGL   7638Seminar in Twentieth-Century Poetry3
ENGL   7639Seminar in Selected Topics3

A student may repeat a seminar once when it is taught with a different subtitle.


College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department of Literature and Philosophy
Graduate Program Director 
Dr. Dustin Anderson
Newton Building, Room 3302B
Phone: (912) 478-1354 

Georgia Southern University
P.O. Box 8023
Statesboro, GA 30460
phone (912) 478-5471
fax (912) 478-0653
website: http://class.georgiasouthern.edu/litphi/literature/graduate