Convert Non-Degree to Degree

You may take two 500-level courses at non-degree status, after which you will need to apply for degree-seeking status if you wish to continue in the program.  If you are granted the degree-seeking status, your courses taken as a non-degree student will be applied towards your M.A. in English program requirements.  Please note that admission as a non-degree student does not automatically guarantee that degree-seeking status will be granted. 

You can apply to convert your status by simply writing a notice of intent to convert to the Graduate Program Coordinator at gradenglish@stthomas.edu, following the regular application deadlines for the materials needed as noted below. 

October 1 for spring enrollment at the new status 

March 1 for summer or fall enrollment at the new status 

Non-Degree to Degree-Seeking Application Materials Required

  1. Three confidential Letter of Recommendation. It is important that your letters address your relevant academic abilities and achievements. At least two letters should be from former professors--at least one of which needs to be from a St. Thomas graduate English instructor.
  2. A writing sample of literary analysis. This 7-15 page paper should be a close, analytical reading of a text from one of the English courses taken as a non-degree student.