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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
- 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.
- 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.