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Accelerated (4+1) English B.A. and M.A.


Accelerated MA Overview

Motivated and high-achieving students may seek to complete the requirements for the B.A. and M.A. in English in five years. To obtain both degrees, students must complete all the requirements for the B.A. described in the Undergraduate Catalog (120 credit hours) and all of the requirements for the standard M.A. described in the Graduate Catalog (33 credit hours). However, the accelerated B.A./M.A. program involves 9 credit hours that are shared between the Bachelor's and Master's programs, so the total number of credit hours to complete the accelerated Master’s program is 144. Completing the requirements for both degrees is made possible by taking the 9 double-counted B.A./M.A. credits in the Senior year (paid for at the undergraduate tuition rate) and 6 graduate-level credits (online – graduate-level tuition rate) in the summer following the Senior year and completion of the undergraduate program. Students remain eligible for financial aid as an undergraduate; any Graduate School aid is not available until students are admitted as a Graduate student.

Transfer students who join our English Liberal Arts major in or before the junior year are also eligible to register on our accelerated program.


Accelerated MA Admission

Due to its necessarily streamlined path of progression, admission to the Accelerated B.A. and M.A. in English occurs in the Fall semester only. Students interested in transferring into the accelerated program must:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 to take graduate-level courses as a Senior.
  • Meet with the English M.A. Director of Graduate Studies in the fall semester of the Junior year and apply during the spring semester of the Junior year (following the same procedure and meeting the same requirements as other M.A. applicants). Full admission is dependent on completing the B.A. requirements in the Senior year while maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA. The program application will be signed and forwarded to the Graduate School with signatures of the program advisor indicating the approval of graduate course transfer.
  • Complete ENG 500 Introduction to Graduate Studies in the fall semester of their Senior year followed by ENG 538 Literary Criticism and Theory and a second 500-level elective in the spring semester of that year. These are the 9 credits that are double counted within the accelerated program only. 
  • Students must apply for completion of their UG degree the semester before completing UG degree (i.e. in the fall semester of their Senior Year). To apply, students must be registered for all remaining courses in their final UG semester, that is, the spring semester of their Senior Year.
  • Fulfill the requirement of taking at least one graduate-level course from each of the three course categories: British Literature before 1800 (ENG623, ENG624, ENG625, ENG626), British Literature after 1800 (ENG627, ENG628, ENG629), and American Literature (ENG630, ENG631, ENG632).


Outline for degree completion of the Accelerated B.A. and M.A. in English Liberal Arts

Fall Semester, Junior year
Meet with faculty advisor or Director of Graduate Studies and apply for the program

Fall Semester, Senior year
ENG 500 Introduction to Graduate Studies (3 credits, double-counted)

Spring Semester, Senior year

ENG 538 Literary Criticism and Theory (3 credits, double-counted)
ENG 500-599 Elective (3 credits, double counted)

Summer after Senior year

Two online 8-week 500-level courses (6 credits)

  • ENG 523 - Advanced Studies in the Teaching of Writing (3)
  • ENG 525 - Studies in the Moving Image (3)
  • ENG 547 - Visual Rhetoric and Multimodal Literacies (3)
  • ENG 561 - Genre Study: Poetry (3)
  • ENG 562 - Genre Study: Fiction (3)
  • ENG 563 - Genre Study: Drama (3)


  • Only two of these courses will be offered each summer. 
  • Because students are required to register for their six 500-level summer credits while they are still UG students, they must call the Office of the Registrar no later than the drop period for the summer semester to change their registration to graduate level

Fall Semester, fifth year

Three 600-level ENG-coded courses (9 credits)

Spring Semester, fifth year

Three 600-level ENG-coded courses (9 credits)
MA comprehensive examination

Total: 33 Credits