The English M.A. Program

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.

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CAREER OUTLOOK AND OPPORTUNITIES

19% JOB GROWTH

2016-2026 (TEACHERS)

CAN MAKE BETWEEN $85,000-$100,000

DEPENDING ON JOB TITLE

FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING

FOR WORKING PROFESSIONALS

While a masters degree in English can be applied to many professional settings, M.A. in English graduates at GVSU often hold the following job titles:

  • Teacher
  • Writer
  • Editor
  • Librarian

Salaries vary from one profession to the next. According to educationcareerarticles.com, editors make an average of $87,000; writers from $38,000-$101,000; and teachers from $36,000-$85,000. Job outlooks vary in similar fashion. Potential growth for teaching is projected at 19%; writing 15%; etc. Employment of high school teachers was projected to grow eight percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

WHY STUDY ENGLISH AT GRAND VALLEY?

  • 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.

CURRICULUM

The M.A. in English at Grand Valley State University offers:

  • Two degree tracks
  • 33 hours of coursework followed by qualifying examinations or 27 hours of coursework followed by a 6-credit-hour thesis project
  • Evening classes (6-8 p.m.)

Courses and Degree Track


ADMISSIONS

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

COST

For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the costs portion of the GVSU Financial Aid website. For financial support, scholarship search, and filing for FAFSA, please visit the GVSU Financial Support website.

Note: Grand Valley does not charge a higher tuition rate based on residency. Tuition is based on the program in which you chose to enroll.


INTERESTED IN BEING A GRADUATE ASSISTANT?

The English department currently has two G.A. openings available and are looking for hard-working, motivated English students to fill them. This is a half-time position (ten hours per week), with beginning and ending dates corresponding with the academic year, August 29 through April 29.

This assistantship is open only to students who have been admitted to the English M.A. Program and who enroll in a minimum of five credit hours each semester. It includes a tuition waiver for 4.5 graduate credit hours and a stipend of $2,000 for each semester.

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