The Department of English

Important Dates and Deadlines for Graduate Students

Fall 2019

26 August: Fall classes begin.

6 September: Last day to add/drop classes (including Engl 689T, 697, & 699 T/P).

20 September: Last day to apply for a master’s degree expected in December 2019.

21-24 October: Mandatory Advising.

28 October: Spring 2020 registration opens.

31 October: Approx. deadline for preliminary edits/format review for thesis/project (contact Carson Medley,, 898.5392, Office of Graduate Studies for more info).

8 November: Recommended deadline for defense copy of M.A. thesis/ project to be distributed to all members of student's Graduate Advisory committee.

15 November: Recommended deadline for completion of M.A. thesis/project oral defenses.

18 November: Submit preliminary T.A. Application to English Main Office, ARTS 269, by 5:00 p.m. (firm deadline).

25-29 November: Thanksgiving Break

2 December: Last day to submit approved thesis/project to the Graduate School for fall graduation. (firm deadline).

2 December: Submit full T.A. Application to English Main Office, ARTS 269, by 5.00 p.m. (firm deadline).

16-20 December: Final Exam Week.

14 May 2020: Commencement.

Full applications include: 

  • a letter of application, 
  • a detailed syllabus, including a complete course calendar/schedule, and a rationale (i.e, a brief explanation of the scope and focus of the course) for the course you wish to teach, and
  • a letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor (typically, your English 689T mentor or instructor for ENGL 634)
  • For TAs in EFLN: a second letter from an observer of the applicant's EFLN teaching or foreign language tutoring is also required.