Which courses should I take?

MA students

Year 1, Fall: ENGL 5103 and two distribution requirements (Part-time: ENGL 5103 and 0-1 distribution requirement)

Year 1, Spring: Three distribution requirements (Part-time:1-2 distribution requirements)

Year 2, Fall: Three distribution requirements

Year 3, Spring: One distribution requirement and ENGL 6960: Exam Preparation – Master’s


BA-to-PhD students (students entering the PhD program with a BA or equivalent and holding the TA award):

Year 1, Fall: ENGL 5103, ENGL 7392, and one MA distribution requirement

Thereafter, students complete MA distribution requirements and PhD course work. A recommended timeline is included in the PhD Comprehensive Examination Guide at http://www.northeastern.edu/english/graduate/quick-links/.


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

Year 1, Fall: ENGL 5103, ENGL 7392, and one elective.

Thereafter, students complete the PhD course work requirements. A recommended timeline is included in the PhD Comprehensive Examination Guide at http://www.northeastern.edu/english/graduate/quick-links/.


PhD students who have completed coursework requirements

Enroll in ENGL 9990: Dissertation, twice consecutively. Thereafter, enroll in ENGL 9996: Dissertation Continuation each Fall and Spring semester until commencement.

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