Department of English

Degree Requirements

To earn the MAPC degree, you:

Take the core courses.  All MAPC students take four core courses:  English 8500 (Research Methods), English 8520 (Rhetorical Theory), English 8530 (Visual Communication), and English 8560 (Workplace Communication).

Take cognate courses.  You take five cognate courses in a speciality area of your choosing. Your faculty advisor, assigned by the program director based on your interests, will help you select courses that meet your goals.

Pass the oral exam.  The oral exam tests your understanding of the MAPC reading list.  You take this exam after finishing your coursework. 

Complete and defend a portfolio.  The main component of a portfolio is a semester-long, potentially publishable paper or a client project accepted by the student's portfolio committee.  Consult our list of past theses and projects for examples (students no longer complete a thesis). To help in completing a portfolio, students take three credit hours of English 8920 (Master's Project). Near the end of your first year, you will select three faculty to serve on your portfolio committee. These faculty will guide you through the oral exam and project/paper process.  

Present your portfolio to the faculty and students.  MAPC projects are archived in the MAPC Thesis/Project Library. 

Beginning in 2013, MAPC candidates will NOT have to demonstrate a reading knowledge of a foreign language.  However, students entering the program before 2012, still have this requirement, and most students take a foreign language reading exam in the summer between the first and second year. Preparation classes are available.

For more information about academic requirements, consult the MAPC handbook. You may also consult the typical timelines for completion of the degree.