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Degree Requirements

In Effect for Students Enrolled Fall 2012 and After

Track in Literary Studies:

To receive the Masters in English degree, each student must:

  • Complete 10 courses (30 credits) including:
    • Introduction to Graduate Literary Study;
    • 1 course in Philology;
    • 2 pre-1800 courses;
    • 1 American course;
    • 5 additional courses;
  • Pass a Candidacy Examination in two subject areas (see Candidacy Exam Guidelines and Reading List).
  • With the approval of the faculty, students may exempt themselves from one subject area of examination by submitting a thesis.

Track in Writing Studies:

To receive the Masters in English degree, each student must:

  • Complete 10 courses (30 credits) including:
    • Introduction to Graduate Literary Study;
    • 4 courses in Writing, Composition, Rhetoric, Linguistics, and Creative Writing, one of which is from Philology;
    • 5 additional courses, including 1 pre-1800 courses and 1 American course;
  • Pass a Candidacy Examination in two subject areas: 1 in Writing Studies, 1 in area of choice (see Candidacy Exam Guidelines and Reading List).
  • With the approval of the faculty, students may exempt themselves from one subject area of examination by submitting a thesis.

Track in Childhood, Literature, and Culture:

To receive the Masters in English degree, each student must:

  • Complete 10 courses (30 credits) including:
    • Introduction to Graduate Literary Study;
    • 4 courses in Children or Childhood;
    • 1 course in Philology;
    • 4 additional courses, including 1 pre-1800 courses and 1 American course;
  • Independent Study can be pursued as part of the degree, pursuant to the following conditions:

    • Eligibility: In order to take an independent study course, the student must have: 1) Attained at least a 3.5 GPA in program coursework; 2) Taken at least one graduate course with the supervising faculty member; 3) Completed six (6) graduate courses with all incompletes removed; 4) Taken at least one graduate course in the area of the proposed independent study.
    • Credit Limits: 
      • Students can count a maximum of three (3) credits of independent study toward the thirty credits (ten courses) required for the Master’s Degree.
      • Students are permitted to do an independent study related to the topic on which their thesis will be written. However, please note: an independent study cannot be conducted for credit the same semester as a student submits the thesis. The thesis is submitted in lieu of a second comprehensive exam. Therefore, students cannot receive simultaneous course credit for that work. 
      • A completed independent study application is due to the Graduate Director no later than the second week of the semester in which the student plans to begin work. 

Students must complete the degree within five years from the date of their matriculation in the program.

Graduate School-Camden Academic Policies and Procedures may be found at: http://catalogs.rutgers.edu/generated/cam-grad_current/pg76.html


In Effect for Students Enrolled Prior to Fall 2012

To receive the Masters in English degree, each student must:

  • Complete ten courses (30 credits), including Introduction to Graduate Literary Study and at least one course from the areas of Linguistics or Writing Studies (Philology Requirement, see below)
  • Pass a final Comprehensive Examination in two subject areas (see Comprehensive Exam Guidelines and Reading List).
  • With the approval of the faculty, students may exempt themselves from one subject area of examination by submitting a thesis.

Students pursuing a track in Writing Studies must meet the requirements above and take three additional courses in writing, creative writing, rhetoric, or linguistics.

Students must complete the degree within five years from the date of their matriculation in the program.

Graduate School-Camden Academic Policies and Procedures may be found at: http://catalogs.rutgers.edu/generated/cam-grad_current/pg76.html


Philology Requirement

The following courses satisfy the philology requirement (3 credits/1 course):

  1. 615:520 Structure of the English Language
  2. 615:530 History of the English Language
  3. 615:550 Linguistics and Literature
  4. 615:560 Language, Power, and Politics
  5. 615:595, 596 Special Topics: Linguistics
  6. 615:597, 598 Independent Study: Linguistics
  7. 842:552 Theories of Rhetoric
  8. 842:553 History of Rhetoric
  9. 842:554, 555 Special Topics: Rhetoric
  10. 842:556, 557 Independent Study: Rhetoric
  11. 842:560 Theories of Composition
  12. 842:561 Teaching of Writing: Theory and Praxis
  13. 842:562 Discourse, Genre, and the Teaching of Writing
  14. 842:563 Computers and Writing
  15. 842:564 Literacy Studies
  16. 842:565, 566 Special Topics: Writing and Media
  17. 842:567, 568 Independent Study: Writing and Media
  18. 842:569  Practicum in the Teaching of Writing

Diploma Application Submission Process

Students must go to the following website: (https://www.ugadmissions.rutgers.edu/DIPLOMA/Login.aspx) to state their intent to graduate. This link, with deadlines, is also posted on the Graduate School website: http://graduateschool.camden.rutgers.edu.