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The Master of Arts (M. A.) in English offers students and professionals an opportunity to deepen literary knowledge, sharpen critical skills, and strengthen expository writing by studying a diverse range of literature in English.

The program meets the needs of those who wish to pursue a Ph. D. in literature, teachers who want to strengthen their content expertise, and working professionals who hope to enhance their communication and analytical skills.

Students choose from two degree tracks — 33 hours of course work followed by qualifying examinations, or 27 hours of course work followed by a 6-credit-hour thesis project. To meet the needs of our mostly part-time students, all courses are offered in the late afternoon and evenings. See degree requirements.

Students at Academic Conference

  • Challenging. Students are urged to contribute to the discipline by doing original research, applying for grants, and presenting at academic conferences.
  • Engaging. Seminar format classes of no more than fifteen students assure a highly personal learning experience with opportunities for valuable feedback from exceptional faculty.
  • Versatile. Designed with part-time students in mind, the program allows flexible scheduling, which makes it ideal for working professionals.


Admission requirements and application for admission to the M. A. in English program are available online.

The $30 application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to Grand Valley State University.


The M. A. in English offers two degree tracks

Courses and Degree Tracks

Study in the UK

Summer in England PDF


Grand Valley offers an excellent education at a reasonable cost.

Graduate Assistant Positions

Tuition and Fees

Financial Support