M.A. English

College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences
Master of Arts in English

Degree Options:

  • Generalist
  • Literature
  • Rhetoric and Composition

Who Would be Interested in This Program?

  • College graduates who want to work in higher education as teachers, consultants, and administrators helping students develop literacy and writing skills.

  • Current teachers of English who want to develop their knowledge of language, literature, and writing practices.

  • Employees of various for- and non-profit fields who need to develop skill sets related to critical analysis and written communication.

What Are the Requirements to be Admitted to the Program?

Applicants should have:

  • At least a 2.5 overall GPA with a 3.0 GPA in upper-division (undergraduate) English coursework.
  • At least 18 undergraduate credit hours of literature, language, or writing classes.
  • GRE scores of 150 verbal and 4.0 analytical writing (GRE waived for applicants with a 2.5 GPA or higher).

Program requirements include:

  • Specialization in one of three concentrations: rhetoric/composition; literature; or generalist

  • 9 hours of coursework in core English studies courses

  • 15 hours of coursework in chosen concentration

  • 6 hours of elective coursework in English

  • Completion of a thesis and breadth-of-knowledge examination or completions of a two-part breadth- and depth-of-knowledge examination

Where Are Recent Graduates Employed?

  • Post-Secondary Teaching and Administration Positions
  • K-12 Teaching Positions

In the Private and Public Sector:

  • Allied Health
  • Architecture
  • Film and Television
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Law
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Non-Profit Research
  • Publishing

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