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Literature M.A.

Enrich Your Understanding of the Written Word

Literature faculty offer a variety of seminars in English, American, and World literature each semester during convenient evening hours. Readings will enrich your understanding of major authors and influential movements, introduce you to emerging and current authors, or explore such topics as literary theory, creative writing, women's literature, and poetics. A Literature faculty advisor helps each student to select a plan of study and to maintain progress toward completion of the Master of Arts in Literature from University of Houston-Clear Lake.

Specialize to Achieve Your Goals

UHCL's Master of Arts in Literature offers two optional concentrations: American Studies and Composition and Rhetoric. While you do not have to select a concentration to earn your degree, each option defines a path to further academic studies or a career. A focus on American Studies equips you for government service and other fields in which knowledge of American culture is rewarded, or for doctoral studies in related fields. Composition and Rhetoric develops skills for business, science, technical and creative writers. Finally, our two capstone options - a written comprehensive exam or a thesis - further allow you to shape your degree to support your goals.

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Admission Requirements

University of Houston-Clear Lake's College of Human Science and Humanities wants to help you reach your educational goals. Discover the admissions requirements that will let you become the next UHCL Hawk.

  • Literature M.A.
  • Application

    Apply online through GoApplyTexas.org for admission to the University of Houston-Clear Lake as a graduate student.

    Documents for admission are submitted after completion of the Apply Texas application. All required documents are due by the Graduate and International Admissions application deadlines.

  • Requirements
    • GRE Scores Not Required: The GRE requirement will automatically be removed after successful submission of the admission application.
    • Official Transcripts: Students should submit official transcripts from every college or university attended to the University of Houston-Clear Lake, Office of Admissions or International Admissions.
      • Recommended last 60-hour GPA of 3.0 or higher.
      • Please review New Student Admissions in the Graduate Catalog under Transcripts and Records Information to learn how to submit an official college transcript to UHCL.
  • Admission Review Process 

    If the last 60-hour GPA is below a 3.00 or an applicant has not completed a prior advanced degree, student admission files will be sent to the program for individual review.


Degree Requirements

So, have we convinced you that University of Houston-Clear Lake's College of Human Science and Humanities is the next step in your pursuit of academic success? Learn what it takes to be admitted to help you reach your educational goals.


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Cost Information

Investigate the direction of your future with this look into the prospective costs of a degree from UHCL.


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Deadlines for Applying

  • Graduate Deadlines
  • Fall
    New Degree-Seeking Students - August 1
    Returning UHCL Students - August 15
  • Spring
    New Degree-Seeking Students - January 5
    Returning UHCL Students - January 15
  • Summer
    New Degree-Seeking Students - May 1
    Returning UHCL Students - May 25

Please note, some graduate programs have special deadlines and requirements. For more information, go to How to Apply as a Graduate Student. Check the status of your application online through E-Services using your UHCL student ID.

The UHCL application is available online through Apply Texas. The online application is scheduled to close for Graduate students after the Formal UHCL Student deadline of each semester.

Applying After the Priority Deadline

New, non-degree seeking, and returning UHCL students applying after the deadlines above may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the appropriate graduate enrollment counselor for more information. A $50.00 Late Registration Fee or $50.00 Late Payment may apply.

Review the UHCL Academic Calendar for registration and payment dates and deadlines.


  • International Deadlines
  • Fall

    Final Deadline - April 1
    Document Deadline - April 15

    Early Deadline - February 4 (Computer Science, Computer Information System, Data Science, Software Engineering)
    Document Deadline - February 15

  • Spring

    Final Deadline - October 1
    Document Deadline - October 15

    Early Deadline - August 1 (Computer Science, Computer Information System, Data Science, Software Engineering)
    Document Deadline - August 15

  • Summer*

    Final Deadline - March 1
    Document Deadline - March 15

    Early Deadline - February 4 (Computer Science, Computer Information System, Data Science, Software Engineering)
    Document Deadline - February 15

For more information regarding deferring your application, please visit Deferring International Admission.

Students interested in qualifying for scholarships &/or applying for visas outside the U.S. should apply and submit the application documents/test scores by the priority deadline

*International freshmen applicants will not be accepted for Summer semester.


Locations

University of Houston-Clear Lake

University of Houston-Clear Lake

2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX 77058
Phone: 281-283-7600

About UHCL


Literature M.A. Faculty

Michael Clody
Michael Clody

Michael Clody

Associate Professor of Literature,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3390
Email: clodymc@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou 1508.16

Michael Clody Faculty Bio

David Day
David Day

David Day

Senior Lecturer in Writing,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3355
Email: day@uhcl.edu
Office: Student Services Bldg 2109

David Day Faculty Bio

Chloe Diepenbrock
Chloé Diepenbrock

Chloé Diepenbrock

Department Chair of Communication and Studio Arts and Associate Professor of Writing,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3356
Email: Diepenbrock@uhcl.edu
Office: Student Services Building 2109.04

Chloé Diepenbrock Faculty Bio

Elizabeth Klett
Elizabeth Klett

Elizabeth Klett

Professor of Literature,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3445
Email: Klette@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou 2529.09

Elizabeth Klett Faculty Bio

Anne Marcoline
Anne Marcoline

Anne Marcoline

Associate Professor of Literature,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3448
Email: Marcoline@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou 1508.03

Anne Marcoline Faculty Bio

Jennifer Maritza McCauley
Jennifer McCauley

Jennifer Maritza McCauley

Assistant Professor of Literature and Creative Writing,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3372
Email: McCauley@uhcl.edu
Office: B2617.07

Jennifer Maritza McCauley Faculty Bio

Kevin McNamara

Kevin McNamara

Professor of Literature,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3387
Email: mcnamara@uhcl.edu
Office: B2121.07

Kevin McNamara Faculty Bio