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Summary of Procedures for English Graduate Students

  • On being admitted to the graduate program, the student should determine a basic plan of study. To do this, he/she should arrange a conference with the program coordinator and should become familiar with the departmental requirements.
  • The student should complete the course requirements and either write a thesis or take a comprehensive examination. Students in the Creative Writing and Literature concentrations must write a thesis; students in the English Education & Writing concentration may choose to write a thesis or take a comprehensive examination; and students in the 6-12 Initial Licensure concentration must take a comprehensive examination.
  • The student writing a literature thesis should obtain from the program coordinator an information sheet listing all the thesis procedures. The creative writing thesis information sheet is available from the creative writing coordinator. See the Academic Regulations section and the section at the beginning of the English listing of the graduate catalog on Thesis for further information.
  • The student must file an Application for Graduate Degree with the Office of Registration no later than the completion of 24 credit hours (36 hours in the 6-12 Initial Licensure concentration) and prior to enrollment in the final semester of course work.
  • The student writing a thesis files an oral examination form containing date, place of scheduled defense, members of the committee, and the title in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at least four weeks before the scheduled defense. The student will provide an abstract of the thesis of not more than 400 words to be filed in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies.  The thesis must be successfully defended with approved copies being deposited in the Longwood Library and any binding fee being paid before the student can be certified for graduation.
  • The student taking the comprehensive examination must register for ENGL 699 the fall they have completed or are enrolled to complete 30 or 36 credit hours of degree work depending on specific program requirements. English comprehensive examinations are administered once a year from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the third Saturday of October. A $35.00 fee will be assessed. See the Academic Regulations section and the section at the beginning of the English listing of the graduate catalog on Comprehensive Examination for further information.
  • The student should make arrangements for the purchase of the cap, gown, and hood from the university bookstore if the student is planning to participate in Commencement.