For the PhD, the Graduate School requires
- a minimum of 60 semester hours beyond the BA, including
- 10 hours of Research and Dissertation (ENGL 8990)
- 30 semester hours of graded (e.g., A, B, C) course work (7000-level and above) beyond the bachelor’s degree, at least 18 hours of which must be completed at Auburn University .
- 30 additional hours which may include ungraded courses, 6000-level courses, 7990 and 8990. You may count a maximum of four semester hours of 7990 (Research and Thesis) from a completed master’s program, although there is no limit on the amount of graded course work you may transfer from another graduate program, including a completed MA. Transfer credit will not be allowed if the combined GPA on graduate work taken at other schools is less than 3.0, and no course in which a grade lower than B was earned may be transferred. All transfer credit is subject to the approval of your Advisory Committee.
Your Advisory Committee, in approving the specific courses listed on the Plan of Study, recommends what will be required beyond the Graduate School minimum. After you secure committee approval, the CGS will forward your partially-approved Plan of Study to the Department Head and the Dean of the Graduate School. The departmental norm is for students to take a minimum of 48 semester hours (16 courses) beyond the BA in graded graduate course work, at least 18 hours of which must be completed as a graduate student at Auburn University.
There are no generally required courses or area distribution requirements for the PhD. If you have not had an equivalent course as part of your MA work, however, you are required to take English Composition: Issues & Approaches (ENGL 7040) in the Fall semester of your first year as a GTA.
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Last updated May 15, 2006