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Earning the Master's degree

This page provides an overview of the Department of English's terminal master's degree. For information on the MA/PhD degree program and pre-doctoral MA, see Doctorate Program.

Degree requirements for the terminal master's degree:

  • 10 graduate courses or 8 courses (24 credits)
  • Master's Thesis (6 credits)
  • Students may transfer credit for 2 graduate-level English courses taken at other schools or at UMass before their formal admission to the Graduate English Program (courses counted toward a completed degree are not eligible for transfer).
  • While in the MA program at UMass Amherst, students may also take 2 courses in departments outside of English.