Prerequisites: Normally, a B.A. in English (or at least 18 hours of successful work in upper-division courses in English) is required. Applicants with different majors who possess strong backgrounds in English and American literature also will be considered.
Program: The Master of Arts requires 30 hours of course work beyond the B.A. Among their courses students are required to take, preferably in their first year, a class in either the methods of literary research or literary theory. At the conclusion of what is normally a two-year program students take a one-hour oral examination on works drawn from a list that is made available to them at the outset of their program.
Master of Arts (Thesis): The M.A. (Thesis) gives students the option of substituting a thesis for six hours of course work. Under this option students select a topic in consultation with a director, and have their completed work read by a board consisting of the director and two other faculty readers. In addition to the assessments they receive on the thesis, students would then be examined both orally both on the thesis and on the general M.A. reading list.
The M.A. or M.A. (Thesis) program is also offered at the Saint Louis University Madrid, Spain campus. Students who enroll at the Madrid campus are required to spend one semester, during the academic year or a six-week summer term, in residence at the St. Louis campus. For further information on the Madrid Campus and the M.A. program there, see spain.slu.edu.
2012 M.A. Exam List
2010 M.A. Exam List
For more information you may contact Graduate Education at 314-977-2240; Masters Candidacy Advisor, Cherell Johnson 977-3943.