The Master's in English Program at CSUB:
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply? There is a
two-step application process. A CSU system-wide application form is available
from the Admissions Office. You may also file your application on-line at
http://www.calstate.edu. When your application is accepted by CSUB, it is
forwarded to the Department of English. You must also fill out and submit the
What are the admissions requirements? Students are admitted to the university with a 2.5 average in the last ninety units of work at an accredited college or university. If you have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and the same in the major, the English Department will admit you as a Classified Graduate Student and you will be exempt from the Graduate Record Exam requirement. Students without a GPA of at least 3.0 will need to score a total of 1,000 points on the GRE verbal measure and the Literature in English examinations.
What if I didn't major in English in college? Before beginning graduate classes, you will be asked to complete the equivalent of an undergraduate major in English, including one course each in criticism and linguistics. Generally, upper-division courses in English that you have taken elsewhere count towards this equivalent.
Do you offer graduate courses in the evening after work? Yes. Graduate classes are offered only in the evening, on Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday. Our class times are 6:00 to 8:00 and 8:00 tp 10:00 PM.
What is the normal course load for graduate students? Ten quarter units or two courses per quarter.
Do you have a summer program? Summer classes operate independently of the regular academic program; since courses "make" only with sufficient enrollment, summer offerings in graduate courses in English have been infrequent.
How long will it take me to get my M.A.? Ten graduate courses are required to complete the MA: two classes per quarter completes the job in five quarters. Students usually devote one quarter to the final requirement--a thesis or a comprehensive examination. So that totals six quarters or two years.
How large are classes? Most graduate classes enroll from 12-20 students; the ratio of faculty to students is high, allowing students to get individual attention and help on their classes and research interests.
Do you offer graduate work in creative writing? Unfortunately, our department is not large enough to offer separate tracks such as creative writing, linguistics, or writing. However, we do offer a Certificate in Writing designed to help students in the teaching of composition and thus make them more marketable for jobs.
Do I have to take a comprehensive examination? After finishing their course work, students either write a thesis, a prospectus of which must be approved by the Graduate Committee or take a written comprehensive exam.
Is there financial aid for
graduate students? Federally backed loans are available from the Office of
Financial Aid (654-3016).
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