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English, M.A.

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.

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Program Overview

The M.A. program, with most courses offered in the evenings, is ideal for working professionals and those who are considering the eventual pursuit of a Ph.D. Although the university allows up to eight years for the completion of the degree, students can complete the program in the standard two years.

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The required coursework covers a variety of topics in British, American, and world literature. Visit the online catalog for details:

Why Study English at Grand Valley?

The M.A. program at Grand Valley State University has many advantages:

  • Award-winning teachers committed to academic rigor.
  • Professors who are active scholars with strong publication records.
  • Small classes (limit 15 students) to ensure intensive student-faculty collaboration.
  • Evening courses on the Allendale and Grand Rapids campuses to accommodate part-time students.
  • Flexible programming so students can pursue their own interests.

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For More Information

Department of English
230 Lake Huron Hall
(616) 331-3400

Graduate Admissions Office

Application Deadline

Deadline for fall semester is July 15; winter deadline is November 15; spring/summer deadline is March 15. The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to Grand Valley State University. Please visit

Location & Format

Graduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus and the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

Format: Face To Face

Career Options

Many students in the program are already employed in various fields such as Education or Business, for example. Whether one desires to pursue an M.A. in English for personal edification, to pursue a Ph.D., and/or to pursue faculty positions at post-secondary institutions, this program is for students who seek to improve their knowledge and understanding of the subject. The M.A. can also supplement careers in:

  • Marketing or advertising
  • Journalism
  • Library science
  • Law or legal studies
  • Publishing
  • Writing


“The emphasis on a variety of literatures and critical perspectives gives graduate students the chance to explore the art we love while engaging in theory-driven, meaningful discussion that brings texts to life and pushes us to apply our analytic tools to literature and to life.”