M.A., M.A./M.L.I.S., Ph.D.
Faculty: Associate Professor Williams, chair; Professor Faflik, director of graduate studies. Professors Cappello, Davis, Gititi, Mandel, Stein, Trimm, and Walton; Associate Professors Barber, Betensky, Covino, Jones, Karno, and Rojas; Assistant Professors Eron, Nikitas, and Valentino; Professors Emeriti Arakelian, Burke, Campbell, Cuddy, Donnelly, Dvorak, Leo, Neuse, and Shamoon; Associate Professor Emeritus Cane.
Master of Arts
Admission requirements: a B.A. in English or the equivalent, with a grade point average of B (3.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better in all English courses. Applicants will be accepted for September admission only. A writing sample of 20 pages maximum is required. Nonnative speakers of English must have a TOEFL score of 91 or above in order to be considered for admission, and the University minimum must be met on each of the four sections of the exam; see uri.edu/graduate-school/apply/international-applicants/. For more detail regarding admission see: uri.edu/english/m-a-admission/
Program requirements: 30 credits, including ENG 595 (master’s project) or ENG 599 (master’s thesis). ENG 510, 511, and 514 are required.
M.A. in English and M.L.I.S. Cooperative Program
By proper selection of course work, a student may simultaneously earn the degree of Master of Arts in English and Master of Library and Information Studies.
Admission requirements: Requirements listed for English and library science. Applicant must apply and be accepted in both programs. The application for each program must indicate English/library and information studies as the field of specialization.
Program requirements: Students must submit individual programs of study for the 36-credit M.L.I.S. program and the 30-credit M.A. in English. The integrated pursuit of the two degrees makes it possible for six credits of appropriately selected course work from one program to serve as electives in the other, and for six credits of course work to be applied in the opposite direction. Thus, when planned and taken jointly, the two programs can be completed with a total of 54 credits rather than 66. Students must complete at least 30 credits in librarianship and at least 24 credits in English.
Doctor of Philosophy
The Ph.D. program stresses faculty/student mentoring. Admission is competitive and based mainly on academic merit, demonstrated capability to do research, and the match of research interests between the applicant and faculty in indicated or developing areas of specialization.
Admission requirements: M.A. in English or equivalent. Although grades are not the only criterion, applicants having less than a 3.50 grade point average (on a 4.00 scale) have a low probability for admission. Applicants will be accepted for September admission only. The GRE test is required. A writing sample of 20 pages maximum is required. Nonnative speakers of English must have a TOEFL score of 91 or above in order to be considered for admission, and the University minimum must be met on each of the four sections of the exam; see uri.edu/graduate-school/apply/international-applicants/. For more detail regarding admission see: uri.edu/english/ph-d-admission/
Program requirements: 72 credits—30 credits approved for M.A. work; 24 credits of course work plus 18 credits of dissertation research. ENG 510, 511, and 514 are required. Candidates must pass comprehensive exam; a dissertation and an oral defense are required. Core dissertation committee must include faculty in area of specialization. Interdisciplinary study is encouraged, including coursework in other departments. A limited number of 500- and 600-level courses in other departments and programs may be used for program credit if approved as part of the student’s program of study before the courses are taken. (In some cases, a research tool may be required by a student’s doctoral committee in consultation with the director of graduate studies.)
All requests for Teaching Assistantships must be expressed in an additional, separate letter included with the application packet.