Revised: August 2011
MA students will complete their graduate study by taking the two-hour MA Oral Examination.
If a PhD student wishes to actually receive his or her Master’s diploma en-route, he or she must submit a Master’s Plan of Study as well as the Master's/Specialist Completion of Degree Requirements form to the Graduate College. Both forms can be completed on GradPath in UAccess.
The MA Examination
The terminal MA degree is an MA in English, with a concentration in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English.
A thesis is not required. Students submit an article-length paper and are examined orally on a reading list approved by the Director of RCTE. The candidate should work on the reading list with the Director, starting with books used in one's classes, preserving a more-or-less even distribution of works among the areas of rhetoric/composition, literature, language, and pedagogy.
Ordinarily the candidate will work on developing and revising the article-length paper with the faculty member chosen to chair the MA examination committee. The paper and oral examination will be assessed against the criteria that are described in the section on the Qualifying Examination, though the level of abilities required for an MA degree are not the same as those for admission to a PhD program.
Please see the Graduate College's policies for the Completion of Master's Requirements.
Timelines and Paperwork for the MA Exam
THIRD SEMESTER OF RESIDENCE:
- File an official Plan of Study with Graduate College.
STARTING EIGHT WEEKS BEFORE YOUR ORAL EXAM:
- Work with your Chair revising a seminar paper.
- Find a date you and your committee can meet for two hours for your defense.
- After you confirm a date with your committee, see Program Assistant to schedule ML 451 or another suitable room. Exams will not be conducted during the first or last two weeks of regular classes, or during the summer.
NO LATER THAN THREE WEEKS BEFORE YOUR INTENDED ORAL EXAM
- The Director assigns a committee of three people. If you have not done so already on the Annual Review, you should let the Director know your preferences for the committee chair.
NO LATER THAN THREE WEEKS BEFORE YOUR ORAL EXAM:
- Turn in the final draft of your paper to the Committee and the Program Assistant:
The committee must have time to confirm the adequacy of the written materials before proceeding to the oral exam.