Graduate Policies


Graduate Advising

The Graduate Coordinator, Dr. John Halbrooks, works with all new students on course selection and general advising. In addition, Dr. Charlotte Pence mentors students in the Creative Writing concentration.


Students are admitted to the M.A. Program in English in one of two concentrations: Literature or Creative Writing. Once admitted, they may not change their concentration without the express permission of the department's Graduate Committee. Students must petition the Graduate Committee in writing to change concentrations.

Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's in English Program

English majors applying for the Accelerated BA to MA (ABM) program at USA must meet the Graduate School requirements for the program and have a 3.5 GPA in English classes at the 300 and 400 levels in order to receive departmental approval. Please see the graduate coordinator for advising if you are interested in pursuing this option.


All English graduate students have a mailbox for departmental mail in the main office (HUMB 240) to the left of the front door. Boxes for graduate assistants and teaching assistants will be located with the mailboxes for adjunct faculty. Please check your mail regularly. If you are only in the department for evening classes after the office is locked, please ask your professor to unlock the door for a few moments either before or after class so that you may check for mail.

Directed Readings Classes

A proposal for Directed Readings credit must be arranged with a supervising professor prior to registration. Registration for this course is generally reserved for advanced research with a professor with whom a student has already established a mentoring relationship after the student has completed 18 hours toward the degree. Faculty members are not remunerated for this additional teaching and undertake it for the encouragement of special projects. Normally, a graduate student can receive departmental approval for no more than one Directed Readings course. Registration for Directed Readings requires the English department chair’s approval of the proposal and an override into that registration number. Under no circumstances is approval given for Directed Readings credit as a convenience for students in place of regularly scheduled courses. Proposals will not be approved for topics already covered by courses in the bulletin.

Useful Information / Additional Links

The degree requirements for English as stated in the current Bulletin.