Master of Arts in English


We offer the MA in four concentrations, united by a common emphasis on research and critical thinking: 

Rhetoric and Composition
Film Studies

Students in all concentrations select from a broad array of courses in these disciplinary areas, including an increasing number of boundary-crossing special topics courses. The MA degree requires 33 credit hours of coursework and reading knowledge of one foreign language.

Students bring varied goals and interests to graduate study in English. Some enter the MA program looking for intellectual challenge and the opportunity to engage deeply with literature.  Some are preparing for advanced work in PhD programs leading to research and teaching careers in literature, linguistics, rhetoric or film studies. Other MA graduates go on to teach in community colleges, secondary schools, literacy centers and other educational settings. Still others pursue careers as writers and editors outside the academy. 

Preparing for careers in education
Preparing for careers in writing, editing, and media
Preparing for doctoral study

Whatever your ambitions, we invite you to explore the field of English Studies in the company of our distinguished graduate faculty and students. Again, welcome!

Dr. Nancy Penrose
Director of Graduate Programs

Ms. Cara Smelter
Graduate Programs Coordinator


"The faculty and staff are very knowledgeable and provide the ideal supportive environment in which to grow as a young scholar."

-Recent MA English Graduate