Feb 17, 2019  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog

Master of Arts in Literature (LITR)

The M.A. in Literature provides master’s-level competence in English and American literature.

The degree is appropriate for teachers on the elementary, high school or community college level and for students planning to pursue doctoral study in English or American literature. The degree provides a valuable educational background for professions where critical thinking and clear, accurate expression, combined with a knowledge of literature, are desired.

Program Admission

Applicants must submit the following:

  1. A completed graduate school application
  2. A personal statement (we recommend that these statements be 1 to 2 pages in length)
  3. Official transcripts from ALL prior colleges and universities (note: If you attended EMU, you do not need to request your EMU transcript)
  4. An academic writing sample (preferably a piece of writing that addresses and analyzes literature)
  5. Two letters of recommendation

Department Information

English Language & Literature, College of Arts & Sciences

Joseph Csicsila, Ph.D. | Interim Department Head | 612 Pray-Harrold | 734.487.4220 | jcsicsila@emich.edu

Matt Kirkpatrick, Ph.D. | Graduate Coordinator | 613J Pray-Harrold | 734.487.0399 | mkirkpa1@emich.edu

Advisor Information

Natasa Kovacevic, Ph.D. | 612 Pray-Harrold | 734.487.4220 | nkovacev@emich.edu

Program Requirements

Students must complete a major of 18 hours in the department’s courses in English and American literature (excluding children’s literature, for which there is a separate degree).

Degree Requirements: 30 hours

The M.A. in Literature requires 30 hours of course work to be distributed among required courses, major program courses, elective courses and cognate courses as follows:

English and American Literature Courses: 18 hours

Choose eighteen hours from the following

Elective or Cognate Courses: 6 hours

Additional Requirements:

In addition to required coursework, the student must either take the MA exam in Literature or submit a Thesis, in order to complete degree. The Thesis option both counts as the culminating event of the degree, and gives the student three hours of credit towards the elective portion of the coursework.