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Registration

How do I register for Directed Study?

Please review pg. 11 of the English graduate booklet. Forms for Directed/Independent Study registration can be found on the Directed Study, MA Thesis, & Consortium Courses webpage.

What is the last day I can drop without a “W” grade?

The Registrar’s Office posts an academic calendar on their website each year. Please refer to this calendar for all important registration dates.

What is an “I” Grade Contract?

“I” Grade Contracts are required of all graduate students who receive an Incomplete, or “I” grade, from an instructor. Students should submit their completed contracts to the Graduate Office (413 Lake Hall) before the end of the semester. “I” Grade Contracts can be found on the Registrar’s webpage.

How can I register for the Teaching Practicum?

Information about the Teaching Practicum can be found on the Professional Development webpage.

How do I transfer credit?

Information about transferring credit can be found on the Transferring Credit webpage.

What are the time limits for finishing coursework?

Please review the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences’ General Regulations booklet.

What is “Satisfactory Academic Progress?”

The Graduate Studies Committee, in conjunction with the Graduate School, oversees students’ progress toward the degree. At a minimum, satisfactory progress includes meeting deadlines for completing coursework, taking examinations, and completing the dissertation set by the English department and the graduate school. These deadlines are described in the section of the English graduate booklet that describes the Doctor of Philosophy Degree as well as in the General Regulations booklet. The student is responsible for being aware of these deadlines and should consult immediately with the advisor or the Graduate Chair in the event of difficulty in making progress at any stage. Satisfactory progress also includes the expectation that students will demonstrate continuing and appropriate activity (e.g., by submitting dissertation chapters in draft regularly to the dissertation committee).

Failure to maintain satisfactory progress can lead to the withdrawal of the teaching assistantship or other financial support administered by the GS or the English department or to withdrawal from the program.

How much do post-coursework registrations cost?

Exam Prep, Doctoral Research, and Dissertation Continuation are charged at the equivalent rate of one semester hour of credit. Dissertation/Ph.D. Thesis is charged at a different rate which can be found on the financial aid website.

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.

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.

What are the requirements for the MA and PhD graduate programs?

Specific program requirements can be found in the graduate booklet.



Conference Travel Reimbursement

Am I eligible for travel reimbursement?

The answer to this question can be found on the Travel Reimbursement webpage.


Personal Information Updates

I’ve recently changed my name. How can I update my NEU record?

You will need to show official name-change paperwork to the Registrar and submit a copy of the official paperwork to the Graduate School. You may fax the copy to GS, 617-373-7281.

Whom should I contact when my address changes?

Update your myNEU account information via the link provided under the “Self Services” tab.


Language Requirements

What are my options for fulfilling the language requirements?

Information about the graduate language requirements can be found on the Language Requirement webpage.


Internal Applications

I’m in the M.A. program, and I’d like to apply to the Ph.D. program. What is the internal application process?

Information about the internal application process can be found on the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences’ Current Student Forms webpage.


Financial Aid and Student Billing

I’m an award recipient. How can I request a cash release on my loan before the tuition waiver is posted to my account?

Loans are distributed during the first week of the semester, and they are automatically applied to any outstanding balance in your account. Since TAs and GSS recipients are asked not to pay the full balance of their bill, they need to request a cash release. These students may request the cash release via MyNeu. Here’s the Financial Aid Office’s policy about cash releases: http://www.northeastern.edu/financialaid/policies/cashrelease.html.

Many students opt to personally visit the Student Accounts Office with a copy of their award letters in hand. Students should tell the front desk person to look both in the Financial Aid and in the Student Account systems for their award information.