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I've just received my BA in English Lit and I've been doing a lot of research into graduate schools. Right now I'm really interested in the Master of Liberal Arts degree -- specifically the programs offered at University of Penn (http://www.sas.upenn.edu/lps/graduate/mla/), John Hopkins (http://mla.jhu.edu/index.html) and University of Chicago (https://grahamschool.uchicago.edu/php/mla/open-houses.php). The programs seem ideal for me as far as my academic interests go, plus I'd like to use it as a possible transition into Ph. D work. However I get a sense that the degree doesn't have a very strong reputation in academia.
Does anyone have any experience with or know anything about this degree? Any info or opinions would be greatly appreciated.
Just looking at the links you put up, it seems like these degrees are geared toward the introductory level. I love my Master's in English because I can focus on the areas I enjoy, and I don't have to take classes in other disciplines unless it follows my interest. (And my PhD in English will allow me to do almost anything - but I won't be stuck teaching composition classes forever.)
Maybe you should think about where to want to end up in academia, then focus your degree around that - I think you'll be happier with a more specific plan.
I finished my MLIS this May from the University of South Florida. There are a lot of online classes available. The main campus is in Tampa, and there are classes on the east coast. These rotate between Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties. I strongly suggest that you consider this school. It is highly recommended and has national recognition as one of the best library schools.
It depends on what your ultimate goals are, though. If you want to teach in an English department, you probably shouldn't stray far from English programs.
I'm doing a Masters programme at the moment and some of my classmates are doing this in order to fit in full-time work or childcare duties. It's quite common for programmes here in the UK to be run on a part-time basis, but not sure if this is the case overseas.
It's all on your time, whatever speed you want. The only limit is that graduate students have 7 years to complete their program. Nice isn't it. Oh yes, many universities in the U.S. allow for part-time attendance.
On another quick note, 5 months down and 10 weeks to go till my husband returns from Afghanistan. :)