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M.A. Literature Programs: MA in Literature & Ecocriticism Option 

The M.A. Literature program attracts students from Montana and across the nation (and even further afield) and since we do not have a Ph.D. program in English, we are specifically set–up to meet the interests and needs of not only students who aspire to a doctorate (our M.A. students, especially in the past decade, have proceeded on to Ph.D. programs at a variety of top–tier schools), but also for those who wish to continue their literary studies and see where their interests and passions may take them. Many of our students go on to further studies, but many also see the M.A. as their terminal degree and a stepping–stone to opportunities and careers beyond the academy. Whether you aspire to a Ph.D. and a university teaching position, ultimately, or if you want to see if grad school's for you, or if you just feel that you're not quite done with your studies, we may be the perfect program for you.

About the Ecocriticism Option

The English Department now offers an innovative new option in Ecocriticism.  The option is for students interested in how literature shapes our understanding of the environment and vice-versa.  In addition to courses required for all MA Literature students, those who pursue the Ecocriticism option will take core upper-division coursework in Ecocritical Theory and Practice (LIT 422), along with seminars in Literature, Nature and Politics (LIT 524) and Special Topics in Ecocriticism (LIT 502).  A rich variety of upper-division electives in the Literature(s) of Place, Nature Writing in British and American Literature, and Ecology in Non-Western Literary Traditions will also be available to students pursing the Ecocriticism option.  The option is designed to prepare students who intend to pursue Ph.D. work in Literature and the Environment and/or to assist those who wish to incorporate a concern for ecological and social justice issues within their pedagogy.

Working with nationally recognized scholars in the field, students who successfully complete requirements for the option will have this accomplishment officially recorded on their transcripts.


Guidelines for Admission

The most basic requirement for admission is the prior completion of a B.A. in English. In some cases, applicants judged to have insufficient preparation may be admitted with the understanding that they must complete certain courses after entering the program, either as part of or in addition to the 36 credits required for the degree. In addition to the materials required by the University of Montana Graduate School, the Department of English also requires a separate application that you will fill out here.

Please prepare the following to include with your University of Montana Literature Program application:

1. Official transcripts (sent directly from each University you attended) will need to be submitted electronically to the University of Montana Graduate Admissions by the application deadline of January 6th, 2014.
Official transcripts may also be mailed directly from the institution to:
     Atten: Leisa Greene 
     University of Montana
     Department of English
     Graduate Admissions
     Liberal Arts 133
     Missoula, MT 59812

Or, you may send transcripts via Interfolio to: leisa.greene@mso.umt.edu

2. CV or resume with a list of any relevant awards, honors or publications.
3. Goal Statement: 100-300 word essay describing your personal goals for graduate study; may include current interests, projects and literary influences.
4. An appropriate writing sample (or two) of at least ten pages (but not exceeding twenty) of expository writing (i.e.; a critical essay, term paper, research paper, etc.); an essay from an English course is preferred, but not necessary. We are looking for a strong piece of critical writing.  If applying for a Teaching Assistantantship this essay will fill the Expository Essay requirement.
5. Three confidential recommendations: the people recommending you will be contacted by email (their current email address is required) and must respond within two weeks.


Teaching Assistantships

Teaching Assistantships, the main source of financial support for graduate students in the Department, are available to some MA students; with some program–specific exceptions and pending annual renewals, the positions are typically offered for two years. All decisions regarding assistantships are made by the Graduate Admissions Committees on the basis of academic or creative accomplishment (derived from the applicant´s transcripts, GRE scores, writing samples, letters of recommendation, etc.), teaching ability or potential (derived from the applicant´s previous teaching experience, if any, and from letters of recommendation, etc.), and on the strength of the applicant´s expository writing.

Each two–semester TA provides a stipend and waiver of the tuition fee (out–of–state or in–state) and a waiver of the registration fee, in compensation for teaching three credits per semester assigned by the department. Other fees charged by the University (mainly health center and health insurance fees) are not included in the fee waiver package. 

Teaching assistants almost without exception teach Composition. All must participate in a five day training the week before Fall semester starts, as well as a semester-long seminar devoted to the pedagogies and theories of Composition and Rhetoric. All will work closely with and follow the program policies delineated by the Director of Composition.
All applicants for a Teaching Assistantship must attach a sample of their expository writing (essay, term paper, research paper, etc.), no less than 10 pages in length; it need not be from an English course so long as you believe it fairly represents your writing ability. If you are applying for the MA LIT program, the expository writing sample you submit in this application may also serve for this assistantship application; thus you need submit only one copy of that sample.