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. Visit gvsu.edu/grad/english for admission requirements.
The required coursework covers a variety of topics in British, American, and world literature. Visit the online catalog for details: gvsu.edu/catalog/.
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.
Location & Format
- Face To Face
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
- Library science
- Law or legal studies
Skills Employers Want
The M.A. in English at GVSU will develop the skills you need to land the job you want. Whether the skills are advanced or general, you will build a resume of qualifications that are sure to attract employers. The following skills correlate with those pulled from actual job openings.
- Writing (Expository, Persuasive, Analytical)
- Project Management
- Grant Writing
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The 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: March 15 for spring/summer semester; July 15 for fall semester; or November 15 for winter semester.
The $30 nonrefundable application fee is waived if the applicant has previously applied to GVSU. Please visit gvsu.edu/gradapply/.
- A brief statement of purpose explaining the applicant's academic preparation, interest in this program, and professional goals.
- An original essay writing sample of 10 to 15 pages (approximately) that demonstrates the writer's potential for literary analysis, including the use of sources. (It may be a paper written for a previous course).
- Contact information for three people who can assess the applicant's academic preparation.
- Applications are considered throughout the year.
“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.”
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