A full-time course load is nine credit hours per semester, or a total of three courses per semester. Second-year graduate students will attest to the fact that three MA courses are plenty to handle, especially for first-years who have Graduate Assistantships and are preparing to assume Teaching Assistantships in their second year.
A realistic goal is to finish the program within two years. Students have up to seven full years to complete all requirements for the MA degree.
Students admitted as full-time are not obligated to take a full-time course load. However, all Graduate Assistants must either take full-time course loads during their first two semesters to qualify as Teaching Assistants or take summer courses. A student must complete 18 hours of graduate coursework in English before beginning a Teaching Assistantship.
The small, close community of students and faculty in FGCU's English MA program was highly instrumental to my success. I always felt able to communicate and consult with my professors about any questions I had, and they were always helpful.
~ Etienne Wasson, Tutor & Writing Consultant