Creating Your Program of Study

Program of Study

The GS6 Program of Study form must be submitted to the Graduate School during your third semester. It requires:

  • Selection of your permanent advisor who will chair your graduate committee
  • A listing of completed and planned courses that will count toward your degree
  • Selection of two additional faculty members to serve on your committee, one of whom must be from outside the English Department

 

The GS6 Program of Study instructions and form are available online through your RamWeb home page.

Courses that Count

When you fill out your GS6 form, keep in mind the following information:

M.A. Programs

  • Courses used to complete another degree cannot be counted toward the M.A. degree.
  • A minimum of twenty-four credits applied to an M.A. degree must be earned at CSU. Of these, at least twenty-one must be earned after admission to the program.
  • Graduate courses taken at CSU prior to admission to the Graduate School can be applied to an M.A. degree if the grade earned is B or higher.
  • At least sixteen credits earned at CSU and applied to an M.A. degree must be at the 500 level or higher; of these credits, at least twelve must be in “regular” courses (courses other than E607, E684, E687, E694, E695, E698, E699, and any courses graded pass/fail; for more information, see the Graduate & Professional Bulletin, available online.
  • Courses transferred to an M.A. program must have a grade of B or higher and must have a CSU equivalent at the 500 level or higher. Credits used to fulfill requirements for previously earned degrees are not accepted.
  • Up to nine credits of coursework for an M.A. degree can come from CSU programs outside the English department. These credits must be at the 300 level or higher.
  • All courses taken will appear on your transcript; however, only a maximum of six credits of E607, E684, and E687 (combined) can count toward an M.A. degree. Of these, no more than three credits can be applied from E684A (composition). (PCMI students may take up to seven credits.)
  • Only two credits of E695 can count toward an M.A. degree.
  • Only six credits of E699 can count toward a Plan A M.A. degree. No E699 credits can count toward a Plan B M.A. degree.
  • With the exception of specified courses in the English Education M.A., all courses taken in the English Department and applied to an M.A. degree must be taken at the 500 level or above.
  • Variable topics courses may be repeated, and should be grouped together on your GS6 form (e.g. E630A – 9 total hours).

M.F.A. Program

  • Courses used to complete another degree cannot be counted toward the M.F.A. degree.
  • A minimum of thirty-two credits applied to the M.F.A. degree must be earned at CSU. Of these, at least twenty-one must be earned after admission to the program.
  • Graduate courses taken at CSU prior to admission to the Graduate School can be applied to the MFA degree if the grade earned is B or higher.
  • At least sixteen credits earned at CSU and applied to the M.F.A. degree must be at the 500 level or higher; of these credits, at least twelve must be in “regular” courses (courses other than E 607, E684, E687, E695, E699, and any courses graded pass/fail; for more information, see the Graduate & Professional Bulletin, available online.
  • Courses transferred to the M.F.A. program must have a grade of B or higher and must have a CSU equivalent at the 500 level or higher. Credits used to fulfill requirements for previously earned degrees are not accepted.
  • Up to three credits of coursework for the M.F.A. degree can come from CSU programs outside the English department. These credits must be at the 300 level or higher.
  • All courses taken will appear on your transcript; however, only a maximum of six credits of E607, E684, and E687 (combined) can count toward the M.F.A. degree. Of these, no more than three credits can be applied from E684A (composition).
  • Only four credits of E695 can count toward the M.F.A. degree.
  • Only twelve credits of E699 can count toward a M.F.A. degree.
  • All courses taken in the English department and applied to the M.F.A. degree must be taken at the 500 level or above.
  • Variable topics courses may be repeated, and should be grouped together on your GS6 form (e.g. E630A – 9 total hours).

Incompletes

You are discouraged from taking incompletes. Any “I” becomes an “F” after one year if not replaced by a regular grade, and the grade of “I” may not be used for research (A, B, C, D, F, S, U are used instead). You may take your final written exam with one “I” on your record, but you must clear up all Incompletes before taking your oral exam.