Master of Arts (M.A.) in English
The Master of Arts in English is designed for students seeking continuing education, a foundation for doctoral work (PhD, EdD, JD) and/or a credential qualifying them to teach literature and composition courses at junior and community colleges. Full-time students complete the degree in two years. All graduate classes are offered in the late afternoon or evening.
Why the MA?
- A wide range of small seminars in literature, rhetoric and composition, cultural studies and digital humanities.
- Literary events that bring national/international authors to campus and literature to life.
- Graduate Teaching Assistantships and innovative Graduate Assistantships for select students in the second year of study.
- Flexible scheduling with classes offered in late afternoon and evening and part-time options.
- Welcoming to in-service teachers seeking additional credentials as well as students interested in building a foundation for doctoral work or law school.
- Our MA alums find employment in the fields of teaching, marketing and publishing and have gone on to pursue the PhD.
The culmination of each M.A. student's degree program is a thesis project in literature or rhetoric. For further information on degree prerequisites, admission requirements and a list of courses view the Graduate Course Catalog.
Dual M.A./M.F.A. Degree
The dual degree combines the M.F.A. in Creative Writing and the M.A. in English. The dual degree combines the practice and study of creative writing with literary scholarship. It is designed for students who intend to pursue a career in teaching English and creative writing at the university, community college or secondary-school level.
Dual degree students must be admitted to both the M.A. and M.F.A. degree programs, be enrolled concurrently in both programs and complete all requirements for each degree program, including the book-length thesis for the creative writing program and a 6,000-10,000 word thesis for the English program. For further information on degree prerequisites, admission requirements and a list of courses, view the Graduate Course Catalog.
In addition to application materials required for the M.A., dual-degree applicants must submit a non-returnable portfolio of creative work that represents style and potential; this portfolio should include either 25 pages of fiction or nonfiction or 10-15 pages of poetry.
Students already enrolled in either the M.A. or the M.F.A. program who wish to switch to the dual-degree program must apply and be admitted to the other degree program before completing 27 credits.