MA in English

The Department of English at Virginia Commonwealth University offers a thirty-hour Masters degree in English with an additional concentration in research for those who desire to conduct a thesis project. The flexible degree program enables students to develop intellectually in a stimulating and supportive environment. 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 thirty graduate credit hours.  Those who pursue the research concentration may use up to six credit hours towards the completion of a thesis. Courses are taken primarily within the department, although appropriate course work in other departments may be counted toward the degree with permission of the MA director. All Masters 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.

Application to the MA in English is made through the School of Graduate Studies, with applications accepted for spring (deadline November 15), summer, and fall (deadlines March 1).

Les Harrison, Director of the MA Program
Thom Didato, Graduate Programs Advisor