MASTER OF ARTS IN ENGLISH - The master's degree program in English offers students the opportunity to achieve a multifaceted understanding of literature and language. The degree is useful to those already teaching in high schools or interested in community college teaching, to those seeking careers in writing and publishing, and to those intending to take further graduate work.

The MA program in English admits applicants in the fall semester only. The application deadline for admission to the MA Program is March 1.

Admission To Graduate Standing

University requirements:
Admission to the master's degree program is a prerequisite to enrollment in all graduate courses. All applicants must complete the online application through University requirements include a grade point average of at least 2.5 in an acceptable earned baccalaureate degree or attained a grade point average of at least 2.5 in the last 60 semester units (90 quarter units) attempted.

Department requirements:
The department requires a bachelor's degree in English or Comparative Literature from an accredited institution with at least a 3.0 grade-point average in the upper-division major courses, provided that a minimum of 24 units of upper-division coursework is included. If the applicant holds a bachelor's degree in another major, 24 units of upper-division coursework in English and/or Comparative Literature must be completed with at least a 3.0 grade-point average before beginning work in the master's degree program. In the event that the applicant's grade-point average in prerequisite courses is below 3.0, he or she may take additional upper-division English and/or Comparative Literature coursework and reapply to the program. The applicant should consult with the graduate adviser to determine appropriate coursework. Some courses taken to make up qualitative deficiencies may be credited toward the M.A., if completed with a grade of "B" (3.0) or better, and if applicable to the student's particular study plan. Courses taken to remove quantitative deficiencies may not be applied to the M.A. program.

A writing sample will also be required of all applicants. The writing sample should demonstrate advanced skill in literary analysis or rhetorical and expository writing. A paper written for an upper-division literature course and analyzing one or more elements in one or more literary works is preferred. The writing sample should be approximately five to 10 pages long, and should but is not required to include secondary research. Applicants who do not have course papers available should contact the department graduate adviser for advice. Applicants must submit three letters of recommendation from individuals best qualified to judge their potential for graduate study in English.

We do not require the GRE.  Please mail the writing sample and letters of recommendation to this address:

Graduate Adviser
Department of English
California State University, Fullerton
800 N. State College Blvd, UH 323
Fullerton, CA 92831

All applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English, must demonstrate competence in English. Those who do not possess a bachelor's degree from a postsecondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction must receive a minimum score of 600 (paper), 250 (computer), or 100 (internet) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 7.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Applicants are encouraged to make an appointment with the department graduate adviser. The adviser will review transcripts, advise applicants regarding prerequisites and determine if any courses apply to the degree program.