Department of English
Marquette Hall, 115
1217 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53233
The Accelerated Degree Program (ADP)
The ADP in English is designed to allow students to earn a BA degree and an MA degree in English in five years rather than the six years normally required to earn both degrees. Undergraduates participating in this program are granted early admission to the Graduate School and are allowed to take up to 12 credit hours of graduate-level courses during their senior year; these graduate courses can also count towards senior year major requirements.
Many students use an ADP to “bridge” between general liberal arts study and a more focused career path. Students who wish to do this should plan to complete an MA project based on their professional goals. The Department will facilitate such projects, which can be tailored to individual students; scholarly papers, creative writing projects, professional writing portfolios, and internships are all possibilities.
The Department welcomes current MU undergraduates to apply for this program. An English major is not required, but applicants must have taken 4 ENGL courses beyond ENGL 1001 and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. The GRE is not required. Interested students should consult with their advisor, or with the Director of Graduate Studies in English, during their junior year. Admissions are “rolling,” with no fixed deadline; however, to take full advantage of the program, students are strongly encouraged to apply by March 1. This will allow for expedited admissions consideration and effective senior-year planning/advising.
ADPs in their second year (beginning the fall after they receive their BA) will pay the tuition rate for humanities graduate students, which at $500/credit is significantly less than undergraduate tuition.
ADP MA MAP
(your exact trajectory may vary)
Required: 30 hours of graduate credit. 18 (5 courses, including 6820) credits must be at the 6000 level or above; the remaining may be at the 5000 level.
Pre-planning (junior year)
Year One (senior year)