Feb 08, 2023  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog

English Graduate Certificates

Graduate Certificates in English for Post-Baccalaureate Students.

The English Graduate program offers two 9-hour graduate certificates. Interested students can complete one or both certificates and later apply the course work to a master’s degree. For high school instructors who already have a master’s degree in another area, the credits can be applied toward faculty credential requirements for teaching dual credit English courses. Information about dual credit teaching can be found at Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Colleges Faculty Credential Information and Texas Education Agency Dual Credit FAQs.


  • three courses (9 semester hours)
  • a course completed for one certificate cannot apply toward the second certificate
  • no independent studies can apply

Application checklist

  • application as post-baccalaureate student
  • signed post-baccalaureate statement (submit to graduate school)
  • official transcripts (submit to graduate school)
  • Bachelor’s degree (submit evidence to graduate school on transcript)
  • letter of interest/essay (500 words) explaining how the certificate will benefit the student (submit to graduate school)
  • GRE not required
  • letters of recommendation not required

Candidates applying for a certificate program are not applying for admission to the Graduate School.  To enter a graduate program at MSU, a candidate formally would apply to the Graduate School and supply any additional information needed. Consult catalog for details.

Students in their last 12 hours of a baccalaureate degree study may apply to register for graduate-level courses (see Early Admission Decision for Graduating Baccalaureate Students).  Students who receive authorization to do so may apply to transfer up to 6 completed graduate-course hours toward the certificate program.  However, they first will need formally to apply for and be accepted into the program. 

A grade of or better must be earned in any graduate course applied to completing the certificate. For example, if a student earns a in an initial course and earn a B for each. Students can remain in the program (i.e., continue taking classes) as long as the maintain a 2.0 GPA.

Certificate II: Graduate Certificate in English-Literature and Language Studies

Outcome:  Students will learn to analyze, interpret, and synthesize literary texts to write about a broad range of genres, literary movements, and major authors. Additionally students will understand foundational English language history, changes, and practices.

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