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. 

The application process to convert your status begins with an email to the graduate program coordinator at indicating your intent to convert, and then continues by completing an online application for degree-seeking admission, following the regular application deadlines for the materials needed as noted below.

March 1 for summer or fall enrollment at the new status. After March 1, applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until August 15.

October 1 for spring enrollment at the new status. After October 1, applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until January 15.


Non-Degree to Degree-Seeking Application Materials Required

  1. Three confidential letters 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 7-15 page writing sample of literary analysis (for English) or 10-20 page creative writing sample/portfolio. For MA English applicants, this paper should be a close, analytical reading of a text rather than a broad overview of a topic. You may consider revising a previous paper to reflect your current writing and analytical abilities.