How many courses should I take?

Part-time MA students

Enroll in at least one course per semester to maintain satisfactory progress toward the degree (General Regulations, pg 5).

Notes: A part-time MA who does not enroll in courses for a period of one year may be asked to reapply (General Regulations, pg 15). All students must be registered in the last semester of their program (General Regulations, pg 15).


Full-time MA students

Enroll in three courses each term  (General Regulations, pg 5).

Since only 10 courses are required, the final term will include a zero-credit enrollment (ENGL 6960: Masters Exam Prep), indicating, to the Registrar and financial aid offices, that the student has completed as much coursework as he/she can and is considered full-time.

Note: All students must be registered in the last semester of their program (General Regulations, pg 15).


BA-to-PhD students (students entering the PhD program with a BA or equivalent)

Years 1 & 2: Enroll in three courses each semester. During the first semester of study, students enroll in ENGL 5103, ENGL 7392, and one MA distribution requirement.

Year 3, Fall: Enroll in two courses to complete PhD coursework requirements.

Year 3, Spring: Enroll in ENGL 8960: Examination Preparation – Doctoral.

Thereafter: See “PhD students who have advanced to doctoral candidacy” below.


MA-to-PhD students (students entering the PhD program with a MA in English or equivalent)

Year 1: Enroll in three courses each semester. During the first semester of study, students enroll in ENGL 5103, ENGL 7392, and one elective.

Year 2, Fall: Enroll in one elective and ENGL 8960: Examination Preparation – Doctoral.

Year 2, Spring: Enroll in ENGL 9986: Doctoral Research.

Thereafter: See “PhD students who have advanced to doctoral candidacy” below.


PhD students who have advanced to doctoral candidacy

One enrollment each Fall and Spring term until commencement.


PhD students who plan to defend during the Summer

Contact the Graduate Office for advising.

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