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Advanced English for MA Thesis Writing

The Advanced English for MA Thesis Writing course is a non-credit, pass/fail, fourteen-week course designed specifically for MA students in the Humanities and Social Sciences whose first language is not English. 

During the course, students will learn how to improve the clarity, accuracy, and effectiveness of their writing. They will learn to identify and correct the most problematic aspects of their rhetoric, lexicon, and syntax as well as become more familiar with the writing conventions of their discipline. By the end of the course, successful students will have acquired the skills, tools, and confidence necessary to write an effective Master’s thesis.  Particular attention will be paid to techniques for improving rhetorical, lexical, and syntactic sophistication and avoiding plagiarism. There will be limited homework.

  • Available in Fall + Spring semesters.
  • 14 weeks
  • Classes meet once a week

Dates + Times

FALL 2023

September 7 - December 8


January 18 - April 25

Classes meet Thursday 12:10-2:00pm


This course is tuition-free and is funded by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. 

How to Apply

To be registered for Advanced English for MA Thesis Writing:

The class is not listed in the course directory, because GSAS department approval is required to take it.  

Your department will distribute information about the course, including the call number for self-registration in SSOL. 

All students will be placed on a waitlist prior to departmental approval. 


The organization of this class was excellent. Rather than confusing us with grammar rules, [the instructor] had different examples helping us understand their practical use, which is so much better in applicability to our own theses. As I was writing my thesis all throughout the class, I saw that I became a better writer along the way as I was learning something new every week. Feedback and detailed explanations were extremely helpful. [The instructor] helped me with the overall organization of my argument and thesis, which increased the quality of my work."

Spring 2023 Participant

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