MA in English

The MA program is flexible and enables students to develop intellectually in a stimulating and supportive environment.

The Department of English offers a 30-hour master's degree in English with an additional research option for those who desire to conduct a thesis project. Designed for students seeking study beyond a bachelor’s degree, the program prepares graduates subsequently to pursue a doctorate, teach in secondary or higher education, or obtain other positions in the public and private sector.

The Master of Arts in English requires 30 graduate credit hours. Those who pursue a thesis may use up to six credit hours towards the degree. Courses are taken primarily within the department, although appropriate coursework in other departments may be counted toward the degree with permission of the MA director. All master's students, regardless of concentration, are encouraged to expand their understanding and knowledge of literature and writing, and the degree requirements are designed with that breadth in mind. Full-time students generally complete the program in two years, part-time students in two to five.


MA in English (non-thesis)

The MA in English is designed for students pursuing advanced English studies, and students may choose to focus their coursework in either literature or writing and rhetoric.

MA in English (with a thesis option)

The MA in English with a thesis option is designed for students pursuing advanced English studies with an emphasis on research, criticism, and methodology.