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Master of Arts in English


Pursuing your master’s degree in English at NC State puts you in a vibrant intellectual community at the state’s largest university. Our students bring varied goals and interests to graduate study in English. Some enter the M.A. program looking for intellectual challenge and the opportunity to engage deeply with literature. Some are preparing for advanced work in doctoral programs leading to research and teaching careers in literature, linguistics, rhetoric or film studies. Other M.A. graduates go on to teach in community colleges, secondary schools, literacy centers and other educational settings. Still others pursue careers as writers, editors and media specialists outside the academy. 

Course Offerings

Concentration Areas

The MA program offers four areas of concentration that represent distinctive dimensions of our discipline. While all options share an emphasis on research and critical thinking, each offers diverse perspectives and methods for exploring culture and language. Regardless of which concentration you choose, you’ll select from a broad array of courses in these disciplinary areas, including a number of boundary-crossing special topics courses.