1. Complete degree course requirements.
  2. Pass a written comprehensive examination, based on a standardized reading list; examination to be taken no later than student’s fourth semester of work. Examination will be held on the Saturday ending the fourth full week of classes.
  3. Complete a creative thesis and pass an oral defense of thesis.

Course Requirements (45 Credits) – Complete a minimum of 45 approved credits at the 600 level, except as noted under electives, distributed as follows:

  • Required courses (15 credits)
    ENGL 671: Writer’s Workshop (9 Credits)
    ENGL 601: Bibliography, Methods, and Criticism (3 Credits)
    ENGL 685: Teaching College Composition (3 Credits, for Teaching Assistants or those who plan to teach; if a student does not take ENGL 685, they must enroll in an extra 600-level course)


  • Two forms courses (6 credits)
    ENGL 681: Forms of Poetry
    ENGL 682: Forms of Fiction
    ENGL 684: Forms of Non-Fiction Prose
    ENGL 688: Writing for Film and Television


  • Literature Seminars (12 credits)
    Minimum of four; to be determined by student’s advisory committee: ENGL 603, 604, 606, 607, 608, 609, 611, 612, 614, 615, 620, 692. Descriptions of these courses can be found in the University of Alaska Fairbanks catalog .


  • Electives (6 credits)
    To be approved by student’s advisory committee


  • Thesis (6 credits)
    ENGL 699: Thesis


Note: The English Department requires that a student receive a grade of “A” or “B” for all 600-level courses that the student wishes to apply toward this degree program.