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English (MA)

The Master of Arts in English program provides you with an intensive knowledge of British and American English literature, as well as a robust set of skills in scholarship and criticism allowing you to innovate in your chosen field. The program features rigorous training in: 
  • The history and structure of the English language
  • Literary criticism and theory
  • Analytical writing and research
  • Pedagogy
  • Specific literary periods

Real-World Experience

By joining theory with real-world experience, our program gives you the skills to meet the challenges of working and living in a dynamic, global environment. You will have access to significant on-the-job experience in a variety of fields, including:
  • Research
  • Writing, editing and publishing
  • Education
  • Law
  • Corporate communications
Students have interned for book publishers, literary agencies, magazines, museums, public relations firms, theaters and television companies; they have also worked with poets, novelists, nonfiction writers and professors on various book projects.

Program Highlights

You'll have access to:
  • An established internship program with positions available in a variety of fields
  • Options for independent study and research
  • Partial-tuition scholarships and graduate assistantships
Flexible Locations and Times 
Courses are designed to accommodate the schedules of working professionals and recent graduates who wish to continue their education. Classes are offered weekday evenings.

Program Length

You can complete an MA in English in two years. You may also take longer or advance more quickly depending on your credit load.
Degree completion involves a capstone portfolio at the end of your coursework as well as options for independent study and thesis research.

Program Participants

The program is designed for:
  • Students seeking a master's-level foundation for further graduate work;
  • Aspiring/practicing English teachers at secondary and community college levels;
  • Business professionals for whom research, writing and critical thinking are essential; and/or
  • Returning students desiring an MA in a liberal arts field.

Certificate Options

The English MA program may also be expanded to include select graduate certificate programs. The combined programs require either the completion of additional coursework or careful elective selection to fulfill all requirements. Certificates are available in:
  • Publishing
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Teaching English in Two-Year Colleges
  • Digital Humanities
If you're interested in a certificate combination with English, a separate application process is required. Contact the program office for additional information.