Degree Requirements

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

Grade Requirements

To earn the MA degree, candidates must complete all program courses with a grade of "B-" or higher. In addition, the overall program GPA 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

The MA degree requires a minimum of 33 semester hours of graduate work.  Students seeking Secondary Licensure through the Utah State Office of Educations, in conjuction with the MA, will have additional requirements.

Transfer Credits/ Residency Requirements 

The minimum residency requirements for the MENG Program is twenty two 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

MENG students have a maximum of six calendar years to complete their degree completion requirements, starting from the first semester during which the student has registered for and begun taking classes.  Students who exceed this requirement may submit a letter of appeal to the MENG Program Director to request that this requirement be waived.  Students who fail to enroll in MENG courses for three consecutive semesters (not including summers) must apply for readmission to the program.

Foreign Language

Students with a bachelor of science degree must show foreign language equivalency before graduation.  

Students entering the program with a Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) from an accredited college or university automatically fulfill the language requirement.  Students entering the MENG Program with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree can fulfill the language requirement in one of two ways:

Option 1:  Foreign Language Coursework

Students with a B.S. degree must show foreign language competency by completing a fourth semester foreign language class with a grade of C- (or better).

Option 2:  Language Test

Students with a B.S. degree must show foreign language competency by passing a foreign language reading test.  Students wishing to pursue this option should do the following:

Contact professor to arrange a test:

Michael Wutz (German)
Susan McKay (French)
Tim Conrad (Spanish)

For other languages, contact the MENG Program office to arrange.

  • Pay the $50.00 fee to the Cashier's Office in SSC 209.  Keep the receipt or request a duplicate to submit to MENG. The professor or staff member will deliver the test to a WSU Testing Center.
  • The test consists of a reading passage from a text selected by the professor in the foreign language of your choice. You will then answer in English a number of comprehension questions, which are written in English.
  • The test is open book, meaning you can bring dictionaries or grammar books to the test.  Electronic devices, however, are not permitted.
  • There is no time limit for the test.

The professor will pick up the test, score it and give it to the MENG office, where it will be placed in your file.  The MENG program assistant will notify you and the program director of the test results.  (A score of 70% on the comprehension questions is required to pass the test.)  Cat Tracks will be updated to reflect the completion of this degree requirement.


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