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College : Arts and Humanities Degree :MA
Department : English Option : Thesis, Nonthesis
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The Literary, Cultural, and Textual Studies track in the Master of Arts in English program prepares students for both academic and nonacademic careers.


Each student must complete at least 33 credit hours, including three core courses, one of which is in linguistics. Near the end of the degree program, each candidate will complete a Capstone Course and choose either the thesis option or the nonthesis option, which requires 3 additional credit hours of a 6000-level Literary, Cultural, and Textual Studies course.

The program teaches research methods in one or more courses and requires a research study and final report focusing on literary criticism in a student’s particular specialization.

Total Credit Hours Required:
33 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Required Courses—9 Credit Hours

Core—6 Credit Hours

  • ENG 5009 Methods of Bibliography and Research (3 credit hours)
  • ENG 6078 Contemporary Movements in Literary, Cultural, and Textual Theory (3 credit hours)

Capstone—3 Credit Hours

  • ENG 6950 Capstone Course (3 credit hours)

Students must take a Capstone Course after completing at least 18 credit hours in the program. The Capstone Course is a systematic and comprehensive revision of previous graduate research, with special attention to the use of theory and to professionalization and with the goal of publication and/or conference presentation.

Foreign Language Proficiency

Students must also prove proficiency in a foreign language at the first-year level prior to completing the degree program.

Elective Courses—21 Credit Hours

Restricted—15 Credit Hours

Students must choose four of the following courses.

  • ENG 6074 Historical Movements in Literary, Cultural, and Textual Studies (3 credit hours)
  • LIT 6216 Issues in Literary Study (can be taken four times for credit when course content is different) (3 credit hours)
  • LIT 6936 Studies in Literary, Cultural, and Textual Theory (can be taken four times for credit when course content is different) (3 credit hours)
  • LIT 6276 Teaching College Literature (3 credit hours)
  • LIN 5137 Linguistics (3 credit hours)
  • TSL 6250 Applied Linguistics in ESOL (3 credit hours)

Unrestricted—6 Credit Hours

In consultation with the graduate adviser, students will choose three graduate-level English courses.

Thesis Option—3 Credit Hours

Students will complete a formal thesis on a topic selected in consultation with an advisory committee and will meet both departmental and university requirements for the thesis. 

  • LIT 6971 Thesis (3 credit hours)

Nonthesis Option—3 Credit Hours

Students will complete 3 additional hours of 6000-level Literary, Cultural, and Textual Studies courses.

  • Elective (3 credit hours) 

Independent Learning

All courses in the Master's in English, Literary, Cultural, and Textual Studies Track require students to complete substantial independent research projects and, thus provide students the opportunity to engage in independent learning.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • A bachelor’s degree in English or its equivalent.
  • Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members or others familiar with applicant’s academic potential.
  • One year of a foreign language at the university level (may be taken while in graduate residence).
  • A one to two page goal statement addressing the applicant's reasons for pursuing graduate study in English.
  • A researched literary analysis or equivalent essay of approximately ten pages, with an explanatory cover memo of no more than one page that explains why you chose to submit this particular academic essay and how you would revise if if you had the opportunity. All statements and essays should be revised writing (i.e., no written under timed conditions). Writing should be "cleaned": typed, error-free, with no teacher comments. The essay should demonstrate an ability to follow a scholarly format such as MLA or APA.
  • A computer-based score of 233 (or 91 internet-based score) on the Test of English as a Foreign language (TOEFL) if an applicant is from a country where English is not the official language, or if an applicant's degree is not from an accredited U.S. institution, or if an applicant did not earn a degree in a country where English is the only official language or a university where English is the only official language of instruction. Although we prefer the TOEFL, we will accept IELTS scores of 7.0.

A résumé is required for applicants seeking assistantship positions.

Meeting minimum UCF admission criteria does not guarantee program admission. Final admission is based on evaluation of the applicant's abilities, past performance, recommendations, match of this program and faculty expertise to the applicant's career/academic goals, and the applicant's potential for completing the degree.

Application Deadlines

Literary, Cultural, and Textual Studies *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Mar 30Nov 1


International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15Jul 1


International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Mar 1Sep 1


*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.