English MS

The Master of Science in English is intended for certified teachers who wish to enhance their skills.


This 32-credit MS program in English is intended for certified teachers who wish to further develop their knowledge of literature and writing while at the same time enhancing their skills in teaching English. It is especially suitable for students who want to teach in secondary or middle schools and may also be useful to those who wish to teach in community colleges. It is open to students with an undergraduate major in English, a liberal arts background or a teacher education degree.

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

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 the 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 (MS)
    • 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 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. 

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.