What will I learn?

The degree requires 30 hours of course work, competence in a language other than English, and a substantial portfolio of scholarly work with a reflective preface situating the work in a critical and/or historical context. All students work under Plan II (non-thesis), as described below.

Students pursuing an MA are encouraged to study literature broadly, leaving specialization for later PhD study.

Course Requirements (30 hrs)

Core Courses (9 hrs)

Nine hours of courses including the introduction to professional studies in English, pedagogy, and theory.

  • Engl. 500: Introduction to the Professional Study of English (3 hrs)
  • Engl. 530, 533, 534 or 592: Pedagogy (3 hrs)
  • Engl. 510, 511, 610 or 541 when taught from a theoretical perspective: Theory (3 hrs)

Area Elective Courses (18 hrs)

Eighteen hours of area electives, including two seminars, with at least one course from each of the following four areas.

  1. Middle Ages (English literatures and language to 1485)
  2. Early Modern/Contact Period (Literatures in English 1485-1720)
  3. Eighteenth & Nineteenth Cent. (Literatures in English 1720-1900)
  4. Modern and Contemporary (Literatures in English 1900-Present)

Portfolio (3 hrs)

See below for guidelines on completing the portfolio.

  • Engl. 596: Portfolio (3 hrs)

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$25,235.00 per year
Start date

17 January 2022


College of Arts and Sciences

MSC 03 2120, Ortega Hall 201,

1 University of New Mexico,


New Mexico,

87131, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Earned degree that is the equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor degree. Minimum of a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) on a U.S. 4.0 scale or comparable grade point average in upper-division (junior and senior level) university course work and in any graduate work already completed.

For international students

Applicants for the MA program must hold a Bachelor's degree in English, or, in exceptional circumstances as approved by the Graduate Admissions Committee, in a cognate discipline such as Comparative Languages and Literature, Cultural Studies, American Studies, or Linguistics.

English Proficiency Test Requirements: Graduate TOEFL: PBT – 550; IBT – 79, Graduate IELTS: 6.5, Graduate Pearson Test of English: 53.

Application Deadlines January 15th

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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