2021-22 Graduate Catalog

Accelerated MA in English

The accelerated MA in English option allows outstanding TCU undergraduates with a declared English or writing major to earn both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in English in five years. Students may apply for admission into the Accelerated MA in English program after earning 60 hours or undergraduate coursework. Students intending to pursue this accelerated option should tell the English Department as early as possible in order to ensure proper advising.

For admission consideration, students must submit a graduate program application packet. The application process is selective; only students with an outstanding record and strong recommendations will be considered. If admitted, students will complete a 30-hour graduate degree plan. Students will complete up to 12 hours of graduate coursework (four graduate courses) during the last year of undergraduate study. Those 12 hours may also fulfill requirements for the undergraduate English or writing major. Candidates must work with the graduate advisor to determine how the courses will apply to the MA degree.

At the end of the a student's fourth year, assuming that all other graduation requirements are met, the student earns the baccalaureate degree (in English or writing). During the fifth year, students must take an additional 18 hours to complete the Accelerated MA in English degree including 6 thesis hours.