Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts in English program is intended for working adults who are seeking advanced preparation in writing, critical thinking skills and English language and literature.

Grade Requirements

To earn your master’s degree, you must complete all program courses with a grade of B- or higher. In addition, your overall grade point average must be 3.0 or higher. Failure to maintain a 3.0 grade point average, or 2 consecutive course sessions where a grade lower than B- has been earned, will result in academic probation in accordance with departmental policies.

Credit Hour Requirements

You are required to complete a minimum of 33 semester hours of graduate work to earn your master’s degree. If you are seeking a secondary licensure through the Utah State Office of Education in conjunction with your master’s, you will have additional requirements.

Secondary Licensure Option Requirements

Transfer Credits/Residency Requirements

The minimum residency requirement for the Master of Arts in English is 22 credit hours.

All transfers are subject to program approval. The transfer of graduate credits from other institutions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Degree Completion

You have a maximum of 6 calendar years to complete your degree requirements, starting from the first semester you register for and start taking classes. If you exceed 6 years, you may submit a letter of appeal to the Master of Arts in English program director to request that this requirement be waived.

You need to reapply for admission if you fail to enroll in Master of Arts in English courses for 3 consecutive semesters (not including summers).

Plagiarism Policy

If you are caught plagiarizing, you will fail your assignment and may fail your course. The program director will review your case and consult with the Master of Arts in English Steering Committee to decide on further sanctions. You may be suspended from the program for 1 semester.

If you are caught plagiarizing a second time, you will be permanently expelled from the program and unable to complete your master’s degree. (Approved September 2014)

Foreign Language

With a Bachelor of Arts degree from an accredited college or university, you automatically fulfill the language requirement to graduate with your master's in English. If you have a Bachelor of Science degree, you must show foreign language competency before graduation.

If needed, you can fulfill the language requirement in 1 of 2 ways:

  • You may show foreign language competency by completing 6 credit hours of a foreign language with a grade of C or better.
  • Alternately, you may show foreign language competency by passing a foreign language reading test.

Foreign Language Requirements and Testing Process

To earn your master’s degree, you must complete all program courses with a grade of B- or higher. In addition, your overall grade point average must be 3.0 or higher. Failure to maintain a 3.0 grade point average, or 2 consecutive course sessions where a grade lower than B- has been earned, will result in academic probation in accordance with departmental policies.