This graduate program in English is designed to provide advanced study in Composition Studies. It provides for personal and professional advancement, particularly in teaching, research, writing, journalism, publishing and editorial work. The program also prepares students for studies at the Ph.D. level.

Two Major Options

  • Concentration in Composition  
  • Concentration in Literature

Courses in this program will help students achieve substantial preparation in a variety of areas, including writing theories, writing pedagogies, alternative literacies and the relationship between composition and literature. It will be up to each student to determine his or her personal and professional needs and, with the graduate advisor, to create a program that will address both program requirements and individual needs.

Credit hours required: 33

Admission Information

The program admits students for the fall, spring and summer semesters.

Career Options

Students who graduate with an M.A. in English can find a career as a:

  • teacher/instructor (community college levels)
  • creative writer
  • editor
  • journalist
  • critic
  • public relations specialist
  • speechwriter
  • communications specialist

For more detailed career information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Academic Catalog Information

Take a closer look at the master's degree in English and the courses offered toward the degree.

English, M.A.

Department and Contact Information

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact English.

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