Master of Arts in Composition (M.A.)
This program is designed for a career in academic writing instruction at the college level or in dual-enrollment, high school settings.
Program Learning Outcomes
The student will be able to:
- Write in a professional and scholarly manner.
- Discuss theories of writing in a manner appropriate to the field.
- Produce in-depth research using appropriate scholarly methods and resources.
- Evaluate the relationships between written texts and their contexts.
- Analyze written texts, theory, and history of composition studies through a Christian worldview.
Program Specific Admission Procedures
In addition to the general admission requirements, specific admission procedures to the M.A. in Composition are as follows:
- Earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.)
- Applicants should hold a cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a scale of 4.00 for undergraduate study. Applicants who hold a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 to 2.99 on a 4.00 scale may at the discretion of the Program Director be eligible for admission on Academic Caution. These students are required to take and pass GRST 500 – Introduction to Graduate Writing in their first semester.
- Applicants must submit a 300- to 500-word statement as to why they want to pursue a M.A. in Composition at Liberty University.
- TOEFL (if applicable)
Students may transfer up to 18 credit hours from an accredited institution subject to department approval. In order to transfer credit, students must have earned the minimum grade of B-, and courses must have been completed within 10 years of the start date of the program. Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.
In addition to other regulations governing graduation as state in the Liberty University catalog, M.A. in Composition graduates must meet the following requirements:
- Complete 36 total hours.
- A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level.
- Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.
- No more than two grades of C may be applied to the degree. (includes grades of C+ & C-).
- No grades of D may be applied to the degree. (includes grades of D+ & D-).
- For information regarding the repeat policy, please refer to “Course Repeat Policy” in the Academic Information and Policies section of this Catalog.
- Complete the M.A. in English within five years.
- Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student's anticipated graduation date.
Delivery Format: Online Only
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