Accelerated M.A. in English
Complete your undergraduate degree and get an M.A. in English in as little as 5 years.
About the Program
Our Accelerated Master's Program in English allows you to complete your B.A. in English and earn an M.A in English in as little as 5 years! This program is designed for eager and focused English majors with desire to continue on their studies as a graduate student working toward one of two M.A. degrees: you can pursue the MA in English or a general MA which offers you the opportunity to take courses from any of our four graduate programs.
The English Department maintains four degree-granting graduate programs:
Each of these programs is separately administered and has a separate application procedure. In general (some programs may make exceptions or have a different deadline) applications are due in early January (for matriculation the following August). Admissions are highly selective. The department therefore urges prospective applicants to confer, by early autumn at the latest, with the Director of the individual program in which they are interested.
To access the landing page for an individual program, click on its name below. On these pages you will find contact information for each program, as well as information about graduate study in the department.
The Department also offers a General MA, a flexible program that includes curricula from Literature, RCTE, and EAL.
English Graduate Union (EGU), represents all English graduate students
Financial Opportunities: please email program assistant for information regarding financial support available to graduate students in the Department of English.
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of English
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
Any English major may apply to the program during the Spring semester of their junior year. (In some cases students may be able to apply in their senior year; please contact the Program Coordinator for information.) You must have an excellent academic record and the ability to balance your coursework in a fast-paced program.
To be considered for admission, you must:
--have earned 75 units with a 3.0 GPA at the time of application
--complete 90 units by the time you are admitted (Fall of senior year)
--complete at least 12 units of upper-division in English or American literature courses at the UA prior to entering the program.
We recommend that you speak with your academic advisor about your interest in the program early to plan your courses accordingly.
Your online application will include the following:
Names of 2 members of the English Department faculty we can contact about your qualifications for the AMP (we suggest these be faculty members who taught you in upper-division courses)
A brief (no more than one page) discussion of the interests you plan to pursue as an MA candidate and any future plans the MA might enhance or contribute to
Two clean copies of papers you have written for upper division English classes
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
To receive your M.A. in English degree, you will:
--enroll in and complete 30 units of graduate courses, 12 of which must be taken during your senior year of undergraduate study (can be counted toward both B.A. and M.A. degrees); 18 units to be completed during your second year in the program
--pass either the M.A. examination or the MA portfolio
To be confirmed for Graduate Status at the beginning of your second year in the program, you must:
--maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in 12 credits of graduate courses you took during your first year
--file an approved Plan of Study after consulting with the Program Director
See program requirements
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.
This is an Accelerated Master's Program (AMP).
The Graduate College offers exceptional undergraduate students in selected majors the opportunity to earn both a bachelor's degree and master's degree in as few as 5 years. The Accelerated Master's Program is for the top undergraduates in participating majors who plan to continue in a graduate program in the same, or closely related, UA discipline.
Programs will select from among a qualified pool, based on the following criteria. Individual programs may have more stringent or additional requirements: