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Thesis, Manuscript, and Master’s Essay Information

The capstone to your work in our M.A. in English program involves a written thesis or manuscript. If you’re in the literature or rhetoric/writing concentration, you’ll be required to complete a thesis. If you’re on the creative writing track, you’ll develop a manuscript.

If you choose to write a thesis, you’ll be working on this six-credit project under the supervision of a graduate faculty member, with additional guidance from a secondary expert in either literature or rhetoric and writing. If you choose to write a manuscript, you’ll work on a three-credit capstone project that develops a poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction project you’ve prepared in previous creative writing seminars. You’ll choose a supervisor from among the graduate faculty with expertise in your chosen genre, with guidance from a secondary expert in creative writing.

The Master’s Essay Option provides a non-thesis alternative capstone experience for students in the literature and rhetoric and writing tracks.

To read the specific requirements for both the thesis and manuscript, and to access the appropriate forms, please click the appropriate PDF document.

Thesis, Manuscript, and Master’s Essay Links

I chose the M.A. program at Monmouth University because it offered close contact with excellent faculty and courses that catered to my area of literary interest.

Anthony Valentino
M.A. in English, ’10