Advising and Program Sequence

Admitted students are assigned an initial advisor whose responsibility is to assist the student prior to initial enrollment. Students shall acquaint themselves with different faculty members during the first year and approach a faculty member to server as a mentor for the duration of the student's program. It is also expected that the mentor will assist the student in course selection and should serve on the student's thesis committee, if not direct the thesis itself. Students are advised to complete required MA courses in the following sequence: 

  • ENGL A602 - Contemporary Literary Theory - 3 credits
  • ENGL A689 - Advanced Research and Professional Practices - 3 credits
  • ENGL A699 - Thesis (final semester) - 1-6 credits


The thesis proposal, a requirement of ENGL A689, must be approved by the graduate English coordinator; students will not be allowed to enroll for ENGL A699 without completing ENGL A689 and having an approved thesis proposal.

Developed in consultation with the mentor and in reference to the program requirements (see Thesis page), the Graduate Studies Plan (GSP) detailing the student's actual coursework should be submitted during the semester that the student takes ENGL A689. See the Graduate Programs page for a description of the GSP and other university requirements. The Graduate Studies Plan and other paperwork may be found on the UAA Graduate School webpage.