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The Department of English

Important Dates and Deadlines for Graduate Students

Fall 2020

24 August: Fall classes begin.

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

16 September: Applications due for Spring 2021 English M.A. start.

18 September: Last day to apply for a master's degree expected in December 2020.

19-23 October: Mandatory Advising.

26 October: Spring 2021 registration opens.

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

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

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

16 November: Submit preliminary T.A. Application to Sharon DeMeyer (, by 5:00 p.m. (firm deadline).

23-27 November: Thanksgiving Break.

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

30 November: Submit full T.A. Application to Sharon DeMeyer (, by 5:00 p.m. (firm deadline).

14-18 December: Final Exam Week.

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.