Department of Languages and Literatures

The M.A. Program in English: Notes for Native and Non-Native Speakers of English

·     Native speakers of English must demonstrate proficiency in another language by earning at least a C grade in a second-semester, college-level course of the equivalent. Almost all applicants will have already met the language requirement through their undergraduate work or through their foreign language studies in secondary school that met the requirement for undergraduate admission.

·     For full admission, non-native English speakers must have achieved a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 600 (paper-based)/250 (computer-based), or the equivalent IELTS score, in order to demonstrate their proficiency in English.

  • A student may be required to take additional English language improvement courses at the discretion of the English Graduate Faculty. Work taken to satisfy the language proficiency requirement does not count toward the minimum of 30 to 36 semester hours required to complete the selected emphasis.


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Questions regarding admission, funding, and program requirements may be directed to Dr. Karen Tracey, Graduate Coordinator, at

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