English MA

The Master of Arts in English addresses the needs of students who desire to deepen their knowledge of literature and writing.

The MA in English is particularly suitable for students who wish to go on to doctoral work, pursue professional training of various kinds, or to engage in other creative activities. It is open to students with an undergraduate major in English, a liberal arts background, or a teacher education degree.


The 30-credit MA program in English can typically be completed within two to three years. At least 50% of your course credits must be at the 6000 level, not including six thesis credits. You will have the option of completing either a thesis or a creative thesis.

For complete current program requirements, please go to the current catalog; and select Graduate Programs located on the right side.

Thesis: An extensive and detailed analysis of an approved topic in the area of English literature, American literature, literary criticism, composition, rhetoric, or other appropriate subject presented in a form suitable for publication. The subject of the thesis must be approved by the advisor and the English graduate committee before the student may begin research.

Creative Thesis: The thesis may be a creative project for which a recommendation from the English graduate committee is required. The creative thesis is an option for the Master of Arts in English.

Admission Requirements

Application Deadlines

Open enrollment – Applicants should submit their application and additional materials by April 1 for preferred consideration.
Deadline for prospective Graduate Assistants for the following academic year: March 1

  • Graduate Application for Admission — Apply Here!
  • Official transcripts of bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Overall undergraduate GPA: 2.75*
  • A copy of current teaching license (if applicable)
  • Three letters of recommendation. If you are applying for a graduate assistantship, ask the recommender to comment on your potential as a classroom teacher
  • Letter of application for graduate study addressed to “English Department Director of Graduate Studies,” which includes the following:
    • The degree you wish to obtain (MA)
    • If you’re applying for a graduate assistantship (GA), a statement to that effect
    • A statement regarding your reasons for applying for graduate study, and for applying for a graduate assistantship if you have an interest
    • A summary of your experience, academic study, skills, and interests you will bring to your studies
    • Other information you would like the English department to consider regarding your application
  • International students must also provide Proof of English Proficiency.

*Students with an undergraduate GPA below 2.75 or who are within 11 semester hours of satisfying undergraduate degree requirements may qualify for provisional admission. Contact the School of Graduate Studies for more information.

Tuition & Aid

We offer in-state/reciprocity tuition rates to all of our graduate students. Please visit the Financial Aid website for more information on options for funding your education.

Graduate Assistantships

Some students may qualify for a graduate assistantship, which includes a tuition waiver and stipend. GAs, in return, are expected to complete certain teaching and/or research assignments for the department.