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2023-2024 University Catalog 
2023-2024 University Catalog

English, M.A.

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Program Overview:

The Master of Arts program in English is designed to develop the student’s knowledge of literature and language and skill in literary research and criticism. The program provides training for teachers of English in secondary schools and colleges, as well as prepares students for further graduate study in the humanities, careers in professional writing, and other nonacademic professions.

Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for MA English

Students will master the techniques and conventions of scholarly and/or professional writing.

Students will demonstrate a broad historical understanding of the analytical approaches, theoretical debates, and research methodologies relevant to the student’s chosen concentration (Literary and Cultural Studies or Professional Writing). 

Students will demonstrate a mastery of the skills and modes of professional communication, such as clean copy, rhetorical sophistication, and proficient presentation of a variety of professional documents through a portfolio. 


Admission is based on undergraduate GPA, and graduate GPA (if applicable), a writing sample, and a statement of purpose. Applications are accepted at any time; students may enroll in any semester.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts in English Program is available as either an onsite or fully online program. The program requires a total of 33 credit hours: 12 hours in core course, 9 hours in a concentration and 12 hours of electives. A minimum of 18 hours must be earned in English courses numbered 6000 and above. One three-hour ENGL 6397 - Directed Study  may be counted toward fulfillment of this minimum requirement. For those students who choose to write a thesis, three hours of ENGL 7000 - Thesis Research  will count toward the 18-hour requirement. The core courses are ENGL 6280 ; one course in British Literature numbered 5000 or above; one course in American Literature 5000 or above; one course in writing or rhetoric numbered 5000 or above.

All students admitted to the graduate program will be referred to the Coordinator of Graduate Studies in English, who will guide each student in selecting and following a sound program of study suited to his or her needs and level of preparation. This program may, in individual cases, involve more coursework than is specified in the general requirements for the degree.

All students must compete a portfolio, which can be completed in the student’s final semester or after coursework is complete. Students should consult with the Graduate Coordinator when they are advised for registration to discuss what shape their portfolio should take.

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