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The Department of English

Important Dates and Deadlines for Graduate Students

Spring 2020

21 January: Spring classes begin.

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

14 February: Last day to apply for a master’s degree expected in May 2020.

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

16-20 March: Spring Break

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

3 April: Recommended deadline for completion of M.A. thesis/project oral defenses.

6-10 April: Mandatory Advising.

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

17 April: Last day to submit approved thesis/project to the Graduate School for spring graduation. (firm deadline).

20 April: Fall 2020 registration opens.

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

11-15 May: Final Exam Week.

14 May: 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.