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Master of Arts in English

We offer the MA in English with four concentrations representing distinctive dimensions of this evolving discipline: Literature, Linguistics, Rhetoric and Composition, and Film Studies. United by a common emphasis on research and critical thinking, the four options offer diverse perspectives and methods for exploring culture and language in myriad forms and circumstances.

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing—with specialization in either Poetry or Fiction—is a two-year program of workshops, literature courses, and electives, culminating in a final thesis of literary work worthy of publication. Distinguished by the one-on-one attention students receive from our faculty poets and writers, the MFA program offers a strong, supportive start to a life in Letters. 

Master of Science in Technical Communication

The M.S. in Technical Communication is a 33-hour professional program that aims to prepare students for a wide variety of careers in professional and technical communication. Ideally situated in North Carolina's Research Triangle, the program includes coursework in effective communication theory and practice, a capstone project and the equivalent of one semester of work in the field.

Doctor of Philosophy in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media

Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media (CRDM) is a 4-year, interdisciplinary PhD program built on the strength and commitment of faculty from the departments of Communication and English. CRDM students study a range of communication-and writing-related topics by utilizing theories, methods, and approaches traditionally associated with Communication and English while also developing new approaches that draw from both as well as other disciplines.

Sociolinguistics Specialization in the Sociology PhD Program

The Faculty of the Graduate Program in Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Faculty of the Sociolinguistics Program in the Department of English at NC State are pleased to announce the creation of a Sociolinguistics Specialty for PhD students in the Sociology Program. Students select two specialties from the current Sociology Program options, one of which may be Sociolinguistics. More information about the Ph.D. in Sociology can be found at


Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities

The certificate program in digital humanities allows degree or non-degree seeking graduate students to design a 12-hour interdisciplinary curriculum at the forefront of digital methods in the humanities. Choosing courses across NC State's colleges and Triangle institutions, students construct their own intellectual cluster in support of their own research pursuits.

Writing Resources for Graduate Students

The Graduate Writing Center offers one-on-one consulting for graduate students in any discipline:

The Graduate School now offers Thesis and Dissertation Support Services (TDSS):

The English as a Second Language Program offers a range of courses and services for international students:

The English Department offers ENG 626, Advanced Writing for Empirical Research, usually in the fall semester.  The course is a workshop for graduate students in the sciences and social sciences who are working on grant proposals, theses and dissertations, journal papers, conference proposals, and other significant research texts.