Winthrop University: Graduate School - Accelerated BA - MA Program
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Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
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Accelerated B.A. - M.A. Program

This option is intended for well-qualified students in the Winthrop B.A. in English program who will complete up to 9 hours of the work for the M.A. in English degree program while enrolled in the undergraduate degree program. This option requires completion of 30 hours of approved graduate-level courses. At least half of the work presented for the degree must be 600-level courses. 

Admission Requirements: Applicants to the English B.A. - M.A. Program must meet the following requirements:

1. Submit Intent to Pursue form no later than fall of senior year; consult the Graduate Program Director for the specific date when applications are due.

2. Submit a writing sample consisting of an original critical paper on a literary or rhetorical/composition subject of at least ten double-spaced typed pages.

3. Have an overall GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.25 in ENGL, ENGE, and WRIT courses;

4. Have successfully completed at least two of the following: ENGL 203, 208, 211;

5. Be enrolled in ENGL 300 or have successfully completed it with a grade of B or better;

6. Have successfully completed a foreign language through the 102 level;

7. Be enrolled in or have completed at least one 500-level ENGL course with a grade of B or better.

After students are admitted into the combined B.A. - M.A. program, they may submit up to 9 hours of 500-level courses in ENGL, WRIT, and/or ENGE taken while undergraduates for credit toward the M.A. in English degree, provided that 1) these courses are taken for graduate credit with the extra requirements for graduate students and 2) that the grades for these courses are a B or better.

Immediately upon entering the graduate program, the student should develop, with the Graduate Director, an individual course of study which meets the requirements for the degree and the student's objectives.

To be eligible for graduation, a student must fulfill all course requirements, submit the required assessment portfolio, and perform satisfactorily on a final comprehensive examination.


Combined B.A. - M.A. Program Requirements**

ENGL 600 Introduction to English Studies or its equivalent* (3)
Theory Course (ENGL 602, WRIT 502, WRIT 503, or WRIT 610) (3)
British Literature prior to 1784* (3)
British Literature after 1784* (3)
American Literature* (3)
ENGL 694 Graduate Studio in English (3)
ENGL, WRIT, and/or ENGE electives or approved substitutions; up to 6 hours may be in collateral areas (12)
Total Semester Hours: 30 

At least half of the hours submitted for completion of the degree must be 600-level courses. 

Notes: Students wishing to take courses for graduate credit while still undergraduates are responsible for completing the appropriate procedures with the Graduate Program Director and the Office of Records and Registration in a timely manner. Students wishing to apply for a Writing Center graduate assistantship must complete WRIT 500 as undergraduates. Students may not "retroactively" complete graduate-level work in previously-taken 500-level courses in order to use them in this program.

Registration for GSTC 600, Continuing Graduate Studies, may be required. Check with the Graduate Program Director.

*These requirements are to assure a variety of experiences. If the student has a strong background in a particular area, he or she may substitute another course or area with the approval of the advisor.

**Before registering for the 25th semester hour of the program, students must have successfully completed 6 semester hours of a foreign language or have passed a language examination approved by the department or, in appropriate circumstances, present acceptable evidence of proficiency in a research competency such as programming languages or statistics.


Last Updated: 1/18/23