Graduate English department professors want depth, annotated bibliographies, research, no grammatical errors and order! There is no “preseason” or orientation for first year graduate students, as I am finding out. The deference between an undergraduate paper and a graduate paper is pronounced, to say the least.
9 units (in a semester based university) is a full time course load, and is very demanding, when reading books and scholarly journals, writing, rewrites, etc are factored in. Before the close of the Fall 2013 semester, my knowledge of literary criticism, research and fact checking will darf what I did as a senior on the BA level. MLA is the most popular documentation style, and is the major concern, not content.