Most full-time students complete the program within three years, including two years of coursework and one year of thesis work; keep in mind that the Graduate Studies deadlines for defending and submitting the final thesis occur before the semester ends.

Below are two sample timelines/task lists, broken down by term (starting with a Fall term). The first is for a full-time student on an assistantship, and the second is for a part-time student not on an assistantship; keep in mind that your own best plan will depend on your individual situation.

In addition to required tasks, the task lists include recommended ones, such as professional development activities; you can find more information about professional development opportunities in the department, university, and larger field here.


Example 1: Full-Time with Assistantship

Year One: Fall

  • Attend UCF Graduate Studies and M.A. Program Orientations before classes start
  • Take ENC 6335, ENC 5276, and another restricted elective (Note: GTAs must take 9 hours per term to keep their assistantships; in order to teach starting in the second year, they must have completed 18 hours of graduate coursework)
  • Meet for advising with program director toward beginning of term and again in mid October
  • Enroll in courses in mid to late October (Note: The college cancels courses that do not meet the minimum enrollment number, so enroll as soon as possible)
  • Attend required University Writing Center (UWC) training
  • Complete required “Not Anymore” Sexual Assault Prevention Module
  • Recommended: Attend program and department workshops and colloquia whenever possible
  • Recommended: Attend relevant Pathways to Success workshops offered by Graduate Studies

Year One: Spring

  • Take ENC 5705, ENC 6712 (if offered), and restricted elective(s), totaling 9 hours (Note: Teaching assistantships are contingent upon a good performance in ENC 5705)
  • Meet for advising with program director in mid March
  • Enroll in courses in mid to late March
  • Attend required UWC training
  • Recommended: Attend program and department workshops and colloquia whenever possible
  • Recommended: Attend relevant Pathways to Success workshops offered by Graduate Studies

Year One: Summer

  • Option to take additional restricted elective Web course (Note: Tuition waivers do not cover Summer courses)

Year Two: Fall

  • Attend Department and New GTA Orientations before classes start
  • Take ENC 6712 (if offered this term instead of previous Spring), ENC 6720 (if offered this term instead of following Spring), and restricted/advised elective(s), totaling 9 hours
  • Attend required GTA Teaching Circles
  • Meet for advising with program director toward beginning of term and again in mid October
  • Enroll in courses in mid to late October
  • Recommended: Complete required CITI training on research ethics (must do this in Spring if not Fall of Year Two)
  • Recommended: Generate tentative thesis topic, and talk to program faculty about possibly serving on your thesis committee
  • Recommended: Attend program and department workshops and colloquia whenever possible
  • Recommended: Attend relevant Pathways to Success workshops offered by Graduate Studies

Year Two: Spring

  • Take ENC 6720 (if offered this term instead of previous Fall) and two other courses to complete restricted and advised electives
  • Meet for advising with program director in mid March
  • Enroll in courses in mid to late March
  • Attend required GTA Teaching Circles
  • Form thesis committee, complete required Thesis Advisory Committee approval form, and submit to program assistant (Note: This form must be submitted and approved by Graduate Studies before you can enroll in thesis hours)
  • Recommended: Complete annotated bibliography in consultation with thesis committee (or at least chair), and, once approved by this committee, email to program director for approval (Note: Your annotated bibliography must be approved by the program director before you can enroll in thesis hours)
  • Recommended: If thesis project will require IRB approval, work with thesis chair to complete and submit required materials
  • Recommended: If possible, work with thesis chair to begin drafting thesis proposal
  • Recommended: Submit proposal for national and/or regional conference in field
  • Recommended: Attend program and department workshops and colloquia whenever possible
  • Recommended: Attend relevant Pathways to Success workshops offered by Graduate Studies

Year Two: Summer

  • Option to take additional restricted elective Web course or independent study (i.e., directed research)
  • If haven’t already, complete annotated bibliography and get approval from program director
  • If haven’t already, complete required Thesis Advisory Committee approval form, and submit to program assistant
  • If haven’t already, complete and submit any required IRB materials
  • Recommended: If possible, complete draft of thesis proposal and hold thesis proposal approval meeting with thesis advisory commitee; chair should send approved thesis proposal to program director

Year Three: Fall

  • Attend Department Orientation before classes start
  • Take 3 Thesis hours (Note: 3 Thesis hours qualifies as full-time for assistantship and financial aid purposes)
  • Meet for advising with program director toward beginning of term and again in mid October
  • Enroll in courses in mid to late October
  • If haven’t already, within first 6 weeks of term, complete thesis proposal, hold thesis proposal approval meeting, and make any necessary revisions to proposal; chair should send approved thesis proposal to program director
  • Work on thesis
  • Recommended: Submit proposal for or attend national or regional conference in field
  • Recommended: Consider submitting book review or other manuscript for possible publication
  • Recommended: If planning on applying to Ph.D. programs, talk to faculty about possible programs and ask for letters of recommendation; many programs have deadlines in late Fall
  • Recommended: Attend program and department workshops and colloquia whenever possible
  • Recommended: Attend relevant Pathways to Success workshops offered by Graduate Studies

Year Three: Spring

  • Take 3 Thesis hours
  • If graduating this term, meet for advising with program director in January; if not graduating, meet for advising in mid March
  • Work on and complete thesis
  • If graduating this term, work with thesis chair and program assistant to meet Graduate Studies deadlines–as stated in term’s Academic Calendar–for Thesis Format Review, Thesis Defense, and Thesis Final Submission (Note: Build in plenty of time for your thesis advisory committee to review your thesis and for you to make revisions–even after the defense–based on their feedback)
  • If graduating, conduct exit interview with program director
  • Recommended: Attend national or regional conference in field; consider participating in Graduate Research Network at CCCC
  • Recommended: Consider revising thesis chapter or course paper for possible publication submission
  • Recommended: Attend program and department workshops and colloquia whenever possible

Year Three: Summer (if applicable)

  • Complete thesis
  • If graduating this term, work with thesis chair and program assistant to meet Graduate Studies deadlines–as stated in term’s Academic Calendar–for Thesis Format Review, Thesis Defense, and Thesis Final Submission (Note: Build in plenty of time for your thesis advisory committee to review your thesis and for you to make revisions–even after the defense–based on their feedback)
  • If graduating, conduct exit interview with program director
  • Recommended: Consider revising thesis chapter or course paper for possible publication submission


Example 2: Part-Time without Assistantship

Year One: Fall

  • Attend UCF Graduate Studies and M.A. Program Orientations before classes start
  • Take ENC 6335 and a restricted elective
  • Meet for advising with program director toward beginning of term and again in mid October
  • Enroll in courses in mid to late October (Note: The college cancels courses that do not meet the minimum enrollment number, so enroll as soon as possible)
  • Complete required “Not Anymore” Sexual Assault Prevention Module
  • Recommended: Attend program and department workshops and colloquia whenever possible
  • Recommended: Attend relevant Pathways to Success workshops offered by Graduate Studies

Year One: Spring

  • Take ENC 5705 and either ENC 6712 (if offered) or restricted elective, totaling 6 hours
  • Enroll in courses in mid to late March
  • Recommended: Attend program and department workshops and colloquia whenever possible
  • Recommended: Attend relevant Pathways to Success workshops offered by Graduate Studies

Year One: Summer

  • Take 1-2 restricted and/or advised elective Web courses

Year Two: Fall

  • Take 6 hours of the following: ENC 6712 (if offered this term instead of previous Spring), ENC 6720 (if offered this term instead of following Spring), restricted elective
  • Meet for advising with program director toward beginning of term and again in mid October
  • Enroll in courses in mid to late October
  • Recommended: Complete required CITI training on research ethics (must do this in Spring if not Fall of Year Two)
  • Recommended: Generate tentative thesis topic, and talk to program faculty about possibly serving on your thesis committee
  • Recommended: Attend program and department workshops and colloquia whenever possible
  • Recommended: Attend relevant Pathways to Success workshops offered by Graduate Studies

Year Two: Spring

  • Take 6 hours of the following: ENC 6720 (if offered this term instead of previous Fall), restricted and/or advised electives
  • Meet for advising with program director in mid March
  • Enroll in courses in mid to late March
  • Form thesis committee, complete required Thesis Advisory Committee approval form, and submit to program assistant (Note: This form must be submitted and approved by Graduate Studies before you can enroll in thesis hours)
  • Recommended: Complete annotated bibliography in consultation with thesis committee (or at least chair), and, once approved by this committee, email to program director for approval (Note: Your annotated bibliography must be approved by the program director before you can enroll in thesis hours)
  • Recommended: If thesis project will require IRB approval, work with thesis chair to complete and submit required materials
  • Recommended: If possible, work with thesis chair to begin drafting thesis proposal
  • Recommended: Submit proposal for national and/or regional conference in field
  • Recommended: Attend program and department workshops and colloquia whenever possible
  • Recommended: Attend relevant Pathways to Success workshops offered by Graduate Studies

Year Two: Summer

  • Take 1-2 restricted and/or advised elective Web courses
  • If haven’t already, complete annotated bibliography and get approval from program director
  • If haven’t already, complete required Thesis Advisory Committee approval form, and submit to program assistant
  • If haven’t already, complete and submit any required IRB materials
  • Recommended: If possible, complete draft of thesis proposal and hold thesis proposal approval meeting with thesis advisory commitee; chair should send approved thesis proposal to program director

Year Three: Fall

  • Take 3 Thesis hours
  • Meet for advising with program director toward beginning of term and again in mid October
  • Enroll in courses in mid to late October
  • If haven’t already, within first 6 weeks of term, complete thesis proposal, hold thesis proposal approval meeting, and make any necessary revisions to proposal; chair should send approved thesis proposal to program director
  • Work on thesis
  • Recommended: Submit proposal for or attend national or regional conference in field
  • Recommended: Consider submitting book review or other manuscript for possible publication
  • Recommended: If planning on applying to Ph.D. programs, talk to faculty about possible programs and ask for letters of recommendation; many programs have deadlines in late Fall
  • Recommended: Attend program and department workshops and colloquia whenever possible
  • Recommended: Attend relevant Pathways to Success workshops offered by Graduate Studies

Year Three: Spring

  • Take 1-3 Thesis hours
  • If graduating this term, meet for advising with program director in January; if not graduating, meet for advising in mid March
  • Work on and complete thesis
  • If graduating this term, work with thesis chair and program assistant to meet Graduate Studies deadlines–as stated in term’s Academic Calendar–for Thesis Format Review, Thesis Defense, and Thesis Final Submission (Note: Build in plenty of time for your thesis advisory committee to review your thesis and for you to make revisions–even after the defense–based on their feedback)
  • If graduating, conduct exit interview with program director
  • Recommended: Attend national or regional conference in field; consider participating in Graduate Research Network at CCCC
  • Recommended: Consider revising thesis chapter or course paper for possible publication submission
  • Recommended: Attend program and department workshops and colloquia whenever possible

Year Three: Summer (if applicable)

  • Complete thesis
  • If graduating this term, work with thesis chair and program assistant to meet Graduate Studies deadlines–as stated in term’s Academic Calendar–for Thesis Format Review, Thesis Defense, and Thesis Final Submission (Note: Build in plenty of time for your thesis advisory committee to review your thesis and for you to make revisions–even after the defense–based on their feedback)
  • If graduating, conduct exit interview with program director
  • Recommended: Consider revising thesis chapter or course paper for possible publication submission