MA in Writing Studies

  • Eight semester-long courses—a total of 32 hours of graduate credit—that aim to provide students with a general introduction to a variety of fields. (equivalent of 8 graduate seminars at 4 credits each). At least 24 of the 32 credit hours must be taken in the Department of English; at least 16 of the 32 must be in 500-level courses and 12 of these in the Department of English.
  • Of those eight courses, students in the Writing Studies specialization take:
    • English 505
    • A choice of English 582/583/584
    • 2 courses in Literature or Theory
    • Professional Seminar in the Teaching of Rhetoric (593)
    • Electives approved by the Writing Studies advisor
  • Demonstrated reading knowledge of a foreign language. This requirement may be satisfied in one of the following three ways:
    • Completing the equivalent of three full years of undergraduate work;
    • Passing a proficiency exam administered by a UIUC foreign language department; or
    • Passing a non-credit 501 language course with a grade of B or better
  • Application to Stage II
    • This application, typically submitted in the fourth semester of the master’s coursework, consists of a statement of purpose, a polished writing sample of a seminar paper, and two letters of recommendation from Illinois faculty
      • To pass to Stage II, students must have their foreign language requirement finished