M.A. in English

Grow your career in writing, teaching, editing and media through our Master of Arts in English. Explore your love of culture and language in a collaborative environment.  

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The M.A. is a 33-hour program offered in four concentrations: literature, rhetoric and composition, linguistics and film studies. 

Regardless of which path you choose, you’ll select from a broad array of courses that will help you meet your personal and professional goals.


Degree Requirements

We offer four areas of concentration that represent distinct dimensions of our discipline. While all options share an emphasis on research and critical thinking, each provides diverse pathways for exploring culture and language. You'll hone your expertise through each concentration's core and elective curriculum. And at the end of the 33-hour program, you'll fine-tune and showcase your knowledge through a capstone project.

Concentration Areas

Rhetoric and Composition
Film Studies

Admission Info

We welcome applicants with various academic, personal and professional backgrounds. Home to about 60 total students, our program is a tight-knit community of faculty and scholars who can help you get where you want to go. We also offer fully-funded graduate teaching assistantships to top applicants. 

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester Enrollment: Feb. 1 to be considered for teaching assistantships; July 1 for admission only. 
  • Spring Semester Enrollment: Nov. 15 (no assistantships available for mid-year applicants). Estimated wait time to hear back from decisions is December 15.

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Program Outcomes

M.A. graduates work in a variety of disciplines and industries. Some alumni enroll in doctoral programs and pursue 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. 

Job titles for recent alumni include: 

  • Marketing development manager
  • Proposal writer
  • Doctoral student in English literature
  • Cognitive linguist
  • Documentary filmmaker
  • Community college instructor
  • Content writer and strategist
  • High school English teacher
  • Development editor