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MA English & Mass Communication/Philosophy Degree

The Department of English and Mass Communication offers the Master of Arts in English. In providing a comprehensive education in literary study, the program is designed to foster thorough scholarship and to develop the student's ability to pursue independent research. The Master of Arts in English has been offered at North Carolina Central University since 1939. The program has a long and established history as a cornerstone of the liberal arts tradition at NCCU. Our graduate program has long been committed to serving an underrepresented population through evening and Saturday scheduling of graduate seminars. Additionally, the program has served as a springboard for graduates to prestigious Ph.D. programs. Many of our graduates have gone on to pursue the doctorate and find our program to be exemplary preparation for a Ph.D. or for teaching at the college or community college level.

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Additional Requirements:

Required Standardized Test: Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) must be submitted with application for admission.

Minimum Admissions Requirements: Applicants must submit transcripts showing completion of an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning with an acceptable GPA. Student must submit two official, original, sealed transcripts of the student's academic record from all institutions of higher education attended (undergraduate and graduate); two completed Applicant Evaluation/Recommendation forms from two different individuals familiar with the applicant's academic work (included with the graduate application form); official scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE); and the applicant's statement of purpose (included in the graduate application form).

Additional Admissions Criteria: A writing sample of 7-10 pages demonstrating the applicant's ability to write a critical literary analysis with appropriate MLA textual citation of sources.

Application Deadline: 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester.

Contact Information:

Margaret Bockting, Associate Professor
Phone: (919) 530-7936
Fax: (919) 530-7991
Office Location: 313 Farrison-Newton Communications Building
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North Carolina Central University (NCCU), a state-supported liberal arts institution, was chartered in 1909 as a private institution and opened to students on July 10, 1910. It was founded by Dr. James E. Shepard. NCCU was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools as an “A” class institution in 1937 and was admitted to membership in that association in 1957. The General Assembly of 1939 authorized the establishment of graduate work in liberal arts and the professions. Pursuant thereto, graduate courses in the Arts and Sciences were first offered in that same year; the School of Law began operation in 1940, and the School of Library Science was established in 1941.

The School of Graduate Studies at NCCU is organized by subject matter departments which offer graduate instruction leading to advanced degrees. The School of Graduate Studies confers degrees through the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, School of Education, School of Library and Information Sciences, and School of Law.  The College of Arts and Sciences includes programs in the liberal arts and in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines.

The mission of the School of Graduate Studies is to provide world-class education and to produce leaders that are culturally sensitive and engaged in their respective fields of study.

School of Graduate Studies (SGS)
1801 Fayetteville Street
Taylor Education Building, Room 123
Durham, North Carolina 27707