English, Master of Arts

Available: On Campus

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The Master of Arts in English is designed to prepare students for careers that require advanced verbal and analytical abilities, including the skills necessary for professional research and communication in diverse careers. The program aims to improve the professional competence of public school teachers, to ready promising scholars for college teaching, and to prepare students for doctoral programs. For this degree there are two plans:

  • MA Plan I - (Thesis / with or without Minor) – Principally designed for students planning to pursue a PhD, this option is open to all MA students who wish to write a substantial piece of scholarship under the individual supervision of a faculty member during their career as an MA student. Under this plan, students may elect to complete a twelve-hour minor in another field that complements their research interests (common minors include Foreign Languages, History, and Education).
  • MA Plan II - (Non-Thesis / with or without Minor) – This option frees students to explore a broad range of courses. As with Plan I, students may elect to complete a twelve-hour minor in another field.

Dual Degree Option

Students interested in advanced graduate work in both creative writing and academic literary studies may consider the English, MA & the Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing, MFA dual degree option. The dual degree program allows students to earn both degrees through a single 60-hour program.

Program Breakdown

Brief breakdown of the type, or types, of degree available, their length, available enrollment, and estimated cost.
Category Degree Summary
Length 36 Credit Hours
(60 Hours for the dual degree option)
Catalog Entry Master of Arts (MA)
Dual Degree: English, MA/Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing
Enrollment Fall, Spring, Summer
Costs Rates Per Semester
Admission Requirements Application Materials

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: July 15
  • Spring: November 15
  • Summer: May 1

Please note that application deadlines will occasionally change. Please contact your academic advisor (listed in the contact section) for confirmation on application deadlines.

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