Sep 20, 2020  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English MA

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►  Graduate School Policies and Procedures  apply to this program

Program Director: Philip Joseph
Telephone: 303-315-7847

The department offers an English MA degree focused around five core courses with specializations available in literature, rhetoric and the teaching of writing, and applied linguistics.

Contact the graduate program director for more information on these programs.

Requirements for Admission

The deadline for summer or fall admission is April 1; the deadline for spring is October 1. Complete applications must include the following:

  • a completed University of Colorado graduate application
  • one copy of all graduate and undergraduate transcripts, and for any nondegree courses previously taken
  • three letters of recommendation in which the recommender specifically addresses the candidate’s ability to pursue successfully the program chosen
  • recent scores on the GRE general test, which includes the analytical, verbal and quantitative portions. GRE score average should be 155 or higher. Analytical writing score should be 4 or higher.
  • evidence of a 3.0 GPA in previous courses
  • a one-page statement of purpose
  • 10-page critical writing sample

In addition to these requirements, applicants for the program must have successfully completed 24 semester hours in English courses (graduate or undergraduate), excluding courses in composition, creative writing or speech. At least 15 of these semester hours must be at the upper-division level.

Transfer of Credits from Other CU Campuses

Students admitted to graduate study in English may complete all of their course requirements for the MA degree at CU Denver. Up to 9 semester hours (total) may be transferred from the University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado Colorado Springs or other graduate program; however, such transfer requires the written approval of the graduate advisor. Only 9 semester hours of courses taken at CU Denver before acceptance into the program can be counted toward the degree. Further, work already applied toward a graduate degree received at the University of Colorado or at another institution cannot be transferred toward another graduate degree of the same level at CU Denver. (For other rules concerning transfer of graduate credits, see the Graduate School Policies and Procedures .) For more information, contact the graduate program director at 303-315-7847.

Degree Requirements


  • Satisfactory completion of all required course work
  • Demonstrated fourth-semester proficiency in a foreign language. Old English or Latin will also satisfy this requirement
  • Compliance with all graduate school policies and requirements


Total Hours Required: 30-33 hours

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise noted.

Students must receive a B- or above in all courses counted toward the MA degree.

Total: 15 Hours


Students may choose to concentrate 12 hours of English graduate courses in a particular area of study that meets the student’s goals in the program.

Total: 12 Hours


Total: 3-6 Hours

Additional Information

Candidate for Degree: Graduate students must be registered for at least one credit hour during the semester that they graduate.  Those who have completed all required courses and requirements may register for Candidate for Degree: CAND 5940 section 900.

Teaching Assistantships: Graduate students who receive a teaching assistantship must take

  in the fall during their first semester as a teaching assistant.  ENGL 5913 may also be counted as an elective.

 Independent Study: Graduate students may only count 6 credit hours of Independent Study toward the English MA degree.

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