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Summer Master's Program in English
Department of English
435 Humanities Instructional Building
University of California
Irvine, CA 92697-2650

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About the Department

PLEASE NOTE: "The Department of English is currently redesigning its Summer MA Program. We will no longer be offering classes only in the summer. Our new and expanded program will offer courses year-round.  We expect to enroll an incoming class for Fall 2018. Please check our website for an announcement later in the fall for our application deadline."

The Department of English at the University of California, Irvine, offers a Masters program in English literature in the summer months, designed especially for teachers seeking an advanced degree, and returning students who are interested in strengthening their knowledge and understanding of literature, as well as honing their pedagogical skills. The degree reflects UCI's emphasis on literary history, literary theory and expository writing. It meets the same unit requirements for Masters degrees during the regular academic year, with the exception of foreign language proficiency.

Our program accepts approximately twenty students each admission cycle to ensure small classes, and access to our faculty. These conditions are essential to mounting an Intensive program in English literary study, which the Summer Masters program constitutes, as well as success in completing a compressed schedule of coursework.

Students elect eight seminars over two consecutive summers and a dissertation research course over the third summer. The first two summers are comprised of two four-week sessions, with enrollment in two seminars per session.  In the third summer, students enroll in a dissertation research course, an independent study consisting of two classes over one term, designed to assist in writing and completing a Master's essay, the degree's capstone requirement. The research course classes will be available on campus and online.

Annually the sessions are timed to accomodate secondary school calendars as fully as possible.  Typically sessions open in late June and close before labor Day.  Classes take place for two hours on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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