M.A. English

The Department of English offers a Master of Arts degree with three concentrations: LiteratureRhetoric 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.

Learn more about the program in the Graduate Student Handbook.

Feel free to contact the Director of English Graduate Studies, Dr. Rik Hunter (rik-hunter@utc.edu).


Select the application for your desired start date:

*NOTE: For those wishing to start in the Fall but not be considered for a graduate assistantship, we do accept applications after February 15 up to June 15.

*Also be aware that upon acceptance, you will need to provide your immunization records to the University.

START SUMMER '19: Apply December 15-April 15

START FALL '19: Apply October 15-February 15 (for Graduate Assistantship consideration)

START SPRING '19: Apply June 15-October 15

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) 

Requirements for Degree

Literature (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

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