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2022-2023 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English, M.A. Composition and Rhetoric Track

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Dr. Stephanie Bernhard, Graduate Program Director

Advisement for the program is available from the English  Department.

The English Department provides a variety of Master of Arts in English opportunities for students wishing to further their study. The program is large enough to offer high-quality instruction from faculty who are actively engaged in scholarship and publication, while, at the same time, small enough to promote collegiality among M.A. candidates and faculty and to ensure personalized attention as students proceed through their chosen areas of study. In addition, each academic year the department offers a limited number of teaching assistantships, which include stipend and tuition waiver in exchange for students’ teaching three sections of the English Department’s freshman composition courses each year.

Students pursuing the M.A. in English include students intending to go on to Ph.D. programs, those expecting to teach at the junior or community college level, and secondary school teachers seeking to enhance their expertise and credentials. While every graduate student’s experience ultimately depends on the energy, dedication and imagination which that student devotes to his or her studies, Salisbury University’s M.A. in English program furnishes an environment in which the graduate experience can be intellectually challenging, highly productive and exceptionally rewarding.


Admission to the Master of Arts in English requires an application for graduate program admission at SU; the application fee; official transcript from all colleges and universities attended; and, if applying for in-state tuition, a Residency/Domicile Information Form. Applicants must have completed or anticipate completing prior to admission an undergraduate English major or its equIVA- lent (30 semester hours of English beyond freshman English) or a major in a related area, with a 3.0 GPA in those undergraduate courses. A student who fails to meet this requirement should consult the English Department’s graduate director regarding removal of deficiencies.

In addition to the materials required by SU’s Office of Admission, the applicant for the M.A. in English must also submit (or have forwarded) directly to the English Department Graduate Program Director, Salisbury University, 1101 Camden Avenue, Salisbury, MD 21801, the following materials:

  • A written statement of purpose for applying to the English M.A. program and specific option.

  • Two letters of recommendation using the department’s form (available through the English Department’s website).

  • GRE General Test scores are optional but not required. 

All application materials should be received by the English Department’s graduate program director 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester for which the student is applying. Application materials for applicants who wish to be considered for teaching assistantships must be received by March 1 for first consideration. When admitted to the English graduate program, graduate students may count no more than nine hours taken as non-degree students toward the M.A. in English. With the approval of the graduate director, up to nine hours of graduate credit may be transferred from another institution.

Program Policies

  • Complete 33 semester hours (including a minimum 24 hours completed at SU) with grades of C or better.
  • Maintain a cumulative average of 3.0 or higher and receive C or C+ grades in a maximum of 2 courses.
  • All course selections must be approved by the graduate director in English.
  • Students who as undergraduates have taken any of the required courses will, in consultation with the graduate program director, select alternative courses to meet the 33-hour requirement.


This checklist is an unofficial tool for planning. Matriculated students and advisors should consult the Academic Requirements Report in GullNet before and after registering for classes each semester to track academic progress.

Program Requirements

Complete the Following Option to Meet Degree Requirements:

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  • Seminar (1 required if ENGL 508  is not taken above):

  • Seminar (optional):

  • Seminar (optional):

Complete 2 Additional 500-level ENGL Courses (excluding ENGL 530)

Complete 1 of the Following Options:

  • 1 additional 500-level ENGL course: 3 Hour(s) Credit
  • AND

  • Written Comprehensive Exam Passed (date):



  • 3 Hour(s) Credit
  • AND

  • Capstone Project Completed (date):

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