4+1 M.A. Program
The Department of English offers two Master’s degree programs: a two-year 4+1 M.A. program for Tulane undergraduate English majors, and a three-semester external M.A. program for English or Literature majors with B.A. degrees from Tulane or from other institutions. Each has its own admission requirements and its own timetable to completion.
A Certificate in Documentary Literary Studies is offered in both programs.
Students who have earned M.A. degrees in our programs have gone on to doctoral programs and law schools. They have embarked on careers as journalists as well as editors at magazines and publishing houses. Several of our graduates now teach in public and private secondary schools. We have graduates who work on staff as museum curators and in rare book libraries. But some of our graduates go on to careers not directly related to the degree. They chose to pursue the M.A. in order to challenge themselves, to continue the study of literature they enjoy, and to acquire a credential that adds value to their employment profile.
The 4+1 M.A. Program
The 4+1 M.A. program in English serves Tulane English majors who are interested in pursuing careers or further education in literary studies, museum studies, library science, secondary teaching, and publishing, to name a few of the areas to which our students gravitate. The program begins in the student's senior year and continues for one additional year (the "+1" year) towards completion of the M.A. degree.
During the "+1" year, tuition is approximately one-third the cost of regular undergraduate tuition, not including fees. Regular tuition applies to the senior year. More information on "+1" year tuition is available on the School of Liberal Arts' Applying to an SLA Graduate Program page.
Undergraduate scholarships do not transfer to the "+1" year.
The 4+1 M.A. Course of Study
The program is designed so that students can complete the program in two years by taking two required graduate courses in their senior year, Fundamentals of Literary Theory (ENLS 7890),
usually offered in the fall term, and Bibliography and Research Methods (ENLS 7050), usually offered in the spring term.
These two courses count as a 4000- or 5000-level elective course in the undergraduate English major, and they count as well toward the credit hour total for undergraduate graduation. Students must fill out and submit to their academic advisor a Degree Audit Substitution Form supplied by the Academic Advising Center to obtain undergraduate credit for these courses. This form must be signed for approval by the English Department's Director of Graduate Studies or Director of Undergraduate Studies. (Of course, both courses concurrently count toward the graduate degree.)
In the second, "+1" year, students are expected to take four courses in each semester. Students taking the Certificate in Documentary Literary Studies enroll in the Internship Course (ENLS 7920) in the Fall term of their "+1" year, in addition to three graduate seminars/proseminars. In the Spring term of their "+1" year, they take four seminars/proseminars, and complete a certificate portfolio under the supervision of a departmental mentor.
A typical course of study for an entering student in the 4+1 program would be:
Fall Senior Year: ENLS 7890, Fundamentals of Literary Theory
Spring Senior Year: ENLS 7050, Bibliography and Methods
Fall “+1” Year: 4 seminars/proseminars OR, if pursuing the certificate, ENLS 7920 + 3 seminars/proseminars
Spring "+1" Year: 4 seminars/proseminars
Students are encouraged to take up to two graduate courses in other departments, by direct petition to the Director of Graduate Studies (to receive credit for such coursework, students are required to submit a Degree Audit Substitution Form). No graduate courses are offered during the summer term.
How to Apply to the 4+1 Program
Junior English Majors with a 3.6 GPA in the major are eligible to apply to the 4+1 Program. To begin the program in AY 2020-2021, students should submit an application by June 1, 2020. Applications are available at Applying to an SLA Graduate Program and must be completed online.
Students must fill out the application form, include an unofficial transcript, a personal statement of intent, and a research paper on literature of approximately 15 pages. Applications must include two faculty recommendations from professors of literature (not creative writing) courses.
Select Junior English majors will receive a personal invitation to apply from the Director of Graduate Studies, based on recommendations from faculty instructors. These invitations typically go out in March. Individual students may self-nominate by emailing the Director of Graduate Studies.
Applicants will be notified of the department's decision on their application by the Office of Graduate Programs in Tulane's School of Liberal Arts.