Students pursuing the MA or MFA in English should be advised in their selection of courses on a regular basis in order to assure progress toward the degree. Courses require prior approval in order to count in the program. This advice should be sought from the MA or MFA Graduate Advisor. Graduate Advising is located in CU 306.
Advising hours for Summer 2013 semester are by appointment only.
Mary Sheffield at Msheffi3@fau.edu
Since the program is continually growing in diversity and options, including the possible selection of a concentration of study, choices and responsibilities may not be always clear.
MA students must take the three "core" courses designated in the catalog— Principles and Problems of Literary Study, Criticism I or II, and History of the English Language. The Principles and Problems course must be taken during the first term of enrollment in the master's program, or the first term available. For the courses that satisfy concentration of study in the areas designated (1) Multicultural Literatures and Literacies, (2) British & American Literature, (3) Science Fiction and Fantasy, see the listings online and consult with the advisor about semester offerings. There remains a small range of English electives in addition to work in the concentration and the three major courses. All work is to be selected from offerings in the English Department unless there is clear need to pursue work outside the Department, as, for instance, a student whose thesis explores certain areas of philosophy might take advantage of relevant offerings in the Department of Philosophy.
Creative Writing students, in both the MA and MFA programs, are required to take Principles and Problems of Literary Study as part of their program of study. Additional requirements and information are posted on the Graduate Studies website. The creative writing concentration is a distinctly independent area, and creative writing courses are not ordinarily accepted for credit in the literature tracks.
Students in the Master's program may enroll for thesis credit before their coursework has been completed, and they have filed a Plan of Study form with Graduate Studies. Master's thesis credit may not be earned before commitment to a thesis topic and selection of the thesis committee (a Chair and two other members). This selection must be on record in the student's file the first term of registration for thesis hours, or else the grade for those hours will be recorded as "unsatisfactory."
Other matters of advisement, which should be cleared with the advisor, might include stipulations about a student's completing prerequisite work before beginning work for the degree. If the student has not already satisfied the foreign language requirement upon admission, it should be fulfilled (by exam or course) early in the program. Students holding the Teaching Assistantship are required by the University to take nine credits and teach two courses (or receive an equivalent assignment) each term; since thesis hours may not be taken before naming of a committee, this admittedly demanding load might be relieved by enrolling in the Teaching Colloquium, which does not count as hours toward the degree and requires approval.
No course with a grade below “B-” (2.67) will count toward the Master's degree, and students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 ("B") for graduation.
- MA/MAT Thesis Topic Approval Form
- MFA Thesis Topic Approval Form
- Quick Reference Guide
- Detailed Outline - Thesis Process and Submission
- Official Thesis Guidelines
- Student Advisement Checklist: Literature/Theory
- Student Advisement Checklist: Creative Writing
- Student Advisement Checklist: MAT
- University Course Catalogue