M.A. English

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Dr. Rebecca Jones

Director of Graduate Studies

The Department of English offers a Master of Arts degree with three concentrations: Literary StudyRhetoric and Writing, and Creative Writing.

An M.A. in English allows you to deepen your critical reading and writing skills, hone your creative skills, and allow you to read the world more deeply. To achieve this we offer a small, focused program that allows for personalized study and strong advisement. Our students have gone on to Ph.D. programs ranging from University of California Irvine to Syracuse University. Others have chosen to enter the workforce as instructors or advanced high school teachers. A growing number are opting for careers that recognize their critical thinking, problem solving and writing skills including corporate communications, publishing, editing, grant writing, and a range of work in the non-profit sector.

graduate tracks

The following is informtation regarding the M.A. Creative Writing program requirements. You can learn more about Creative Writing here.

In addition to meeting the standards of admission to the Graduate School, applicants for the M.A. in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing must submit (1) a manuscript of 12-15 poems or 25 pages of creative prose and (2) a 1,000-1,500 word statement of purpose describing the candidate’s intellectual and creative background, interests and goals. The GRE is required, with a score at the 60th percentile or above strongly preferred; other requirements include a minimum of 18 hours of English beyond freshman composition, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 for those hours, or a score above the 50th percentile on the advanced GRE in literature. Any student seeking conditional admission due to a low GPA must also complete a proctored writing sample and an interview with one of the creative writing faculty. All application materials should be sent to the Graduate School.

Degree Requirements:

Poetry Track - 33 Hours

  • ENGL 5510r - Fiction Writing (3 hours)

OR

  • ENGL 5950 - Workshop: Writing (3 hours)
  • ENGL 5520 - Poetry Workshop (9 hours)
  • Elective English Courses   (15 hours)                      
  • ENGL 5999r - Thesis (6 hours)

Prose Track -33 Hours

  • ENGL 5510r - Fiction Writing (9 hours)

OR

  • ENGL 5950 - Workshop: Writing (9 hours)
  • ENGL 5520 - Poetry Workshop (3 hours)
  • Elective English courses   (15 hours)
  • ENGL 5999r - Thesis (6 hours) 

In addition to meeting the standards for admission to The Graduate School, applicants for these concentrations should have (1) a score in the 60th percentile or above on the verbal section of the GRE; (2) a minimum of 18 hours in English beyond freshman composition, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 for those hours, or a score above the 50th percentile on the Advanced GRE in literature. All applicants must submit a 500-word statement of intent. Any student seeking conditional admission must complete a proctored writing sample in addition to the letter of intent.

Requirements for Degree

Literary Study (33 hours)

  • ENGL 5000 - Introduction to Graduate Studies in English: Methodology and Bibliography (3 hours)
  • ENGL 5050 - Theory and Criticism (3 hours)    
  • OR Literary Theory (3 hours)
  • Two literature courses before 1800 (6 hours)
  • Literature electives (9 hours)
  • Elective English courses/Thesis (12 hours)
  • Oral Comprehensive Exam
 

In addition to meeting the standards for admission to The Graduate School, applicants for these concentrations should have (1) a score in the 60th percentile or above on the verbal section of the GRE; (2) a minimum of 18 hours in English beyond freshman composition, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 for those hours, or a score above the 50th percentile on the Advanced GRE in literature. All applicants must submit a 500-word statement of intent. Any student seeking conditional admission must complete a proctored writing sample in addition to the letter of intent.

Degree Requirements:

  • ENGL 5000 - Introduction to Graduate Studies in English: Methodology and Bibliography (3 hours)
  • ENGL 5115 - History of Rhetorical Theory I: Ancient Greece to Renaissance (3 hours)
  • ENGL 5125 - History of Rhetorical Theory II: Early Modern to Contemporary (3 hours)
  • Other rhetoric and writing courses (12 hours)
  • Elective English courses/Thesis (12 hours)
  • Oral Comprehensive Exam