The English M.A. Program

The Master of Arts (MA) 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.

  • Challenging. The program meets the needs of those who wish to pursue a Ph. D. in literature. 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 and teachers who want to strengthen their content expertise.

Grad Students in the Classrom


The English M.A program has a rolling admissions process, so applications will be reviewed as received. However, to be guaranteed consideration for a specific semester, applications must be received by the following dates:

No later than March 15th for Spring/Summer Semester
No later than July 15th for Fall Semester
No later than November 15th for Winter Semester


The M. A. in English offers 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. Classes are usually offered evenings, 6:00-8:50p.m. Interested in American short stories or graphic novels?  Check out our spring/summer 2016 courses.

Courses and Degree Tracks


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Page last modified February 22, 2018