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Master of Arts in English handbook

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Graduate Study leading to the Master of Arts in English at California State University, Long Beach, is marked by a committed faculty, small classes, and engaged students.  The program is designed to broaden and deepen your understanding of the intellectual, cultural and aesthetic traditions of British and American literature and language.

Students in the program develop advanced skills in critical reading and writing as well as in scholarly research.  You may include courses on Writing, English Instruction, Linguistics or Technical and Professional Writing in your approved programs.  The Department of English also participates in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program for degrees which combine courses from other academic departments. 

The program meets the needs of students who seek any of the following: 

  • Careers in teaching English, including Literature, Composition, and Creative Writing; 
  • Further graduate study leading to the Ph.D. in English; 
  • A broad background of humanistic studies, along with critical thinking and writing skills, as training for careers in business and the professions; and
  • Personal satisfaction and depth of learning, apart from immediate vocational considerations.

This site offers a concise summary of the English Department’s MA program including both requirements and opportunities. Students considering the pursuit of an MA in English will find that this information answers many questions, but it is not a binding contract nor a complete statement of requirements. To make sure they are up-to-date on changes in requirements and making satisfactory progress toward the degree, students should consult University Catalog regulations concerning graduate study and see a graduate advisor in the English Department at least once a semester.

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Baccalaureate Degree

As an applicant to the English Department MA Program, you are expected to have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with 21 units of upper-division English courses. Students whose BA is not in English will need to complete prerequisitie courses to bring their upper-division English courses to 21 units (click here for more details). These will be determined by the Graduate Coordinator in consultation with the Graduate Studies committee. Courses used to remove course or unit deficiencies may not be included in the MA program.

3.3 G.P.A. or Above
Applicants are expected to have a 3.3 grade point average in upper-division English courses.  Students who are conditionally admitted to the MA program with deficiencies to make up must maintain a 3.3 GPA in those make-up courses. Applicants whose upper-division English GPA is at least 3.0 may be admitted to the MA program if they take the GRE General Test and achieve a minimum score of 158 in Verbal Reasoning and 5.0 in Analytical Writing.

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(You must be admitted to the English MA program before you can be enrolled in 600-level courses.)

Application to Pursue Post-Baccalaureate Study
You must present to the University’s Office of Enrollment Services a graduate application (you can apply online here ) to pursue post-baccalaureate study. The Office of Admissions and Records will forward a portion of that application (Part B) to the English Department, which will make a decision on your application.

You must submit one set of complete and official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended to the Office of Enrollment Services.

Send one complete set of transcripts to:
Office of Enrollment Services / Admissions
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840-0106

Application filing periods:

Fall: Nov. 1 - June 1
Spring: Aug. 1 – Nov. 1

Deadlines for International Students will differ. International Students should check with the Center for International Education for deadline information.

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The CSULB Center of International Education (CIE)
International students are admitted to California State University, Long Beach, through the CSULB Center for International Education.  This Center admits international students, evaluates foreign transcripts, and determines eligibility for post-baccalaureate study.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
The International student for whom English is a second language must pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 600 (PBT), 250 (CBT), or 100 (iBT) before being admitted to the Master of Arts program in English. 

If international students break residency any semester they are not enrolled, they must reapply for admission through the Center for International Education. For an explanation of residency requirements, see the Center for International Education.

Additional Information
For additional information and any other regulations that may apply to international students, consult or write to the Center for International Education at this address:

Center for International Education

California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA  90840-0109
(562) 985-4106

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