English Studies (M.A.)

English Studies (M.A.)

Think Do Mak a Difference St. Cloud State University St. Cloud State University

Pursuing a master's degree in English studies will help you develop strong writing and critical thinking skills as you prepare for a career in teaching, writing or editing, or for further study at the doctoral level.

You will be exposed to the wide-ranging field of English studies in courses that explore literature, rhetoric, composition, new media studies, creative writing and pedagogy.

Program Highlights

  • Small seminar-style classes allow for informed discussions about literature and close mentoring relationships with faculty.
  • Tuition costs less than $14,000 for Minnesota and reciprocity students.
  • Program offers flexible scheduling with courses offered day or evening and during summer.
  • Up to 30 assistantships available teaching first-year composition and consulting at the writing center, providing students with a stipend and tuition remission. 
  • Close student-faculty contact outside the classroom with respect to advising and mentoring. 

Program Distinctions

  • Successful placement of graduates into Ph.D. and MFA programs. 
  • Students regularly attend and present at professional conferences. 
  • The Write Place provides individualized help in writing while respecting a writer's authority and ownership of their work.
  • The English Department publishes Upper Mississippi Harvest, an annual literary and art magazine and Kaleidoscope, a multicultural literary arts magazine.

Student Organizations

Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens International
Outside U.S.
International
Inside U.S.
Fall July 15 May 15 July 15
Spring November 15 October 15 November 15
Summer N/A N/A N/A

Degree Levels

Licensure Graduate Certificate Master Post-Master Doctorate

Delivery Options

St. CLoud (on campus) Online Synchronous online St. Cloud State at Plymouth Evenings/Weekends

Graduate Director

Dr. Monica Pelaez

Popular Careers

  • Teacher
  • Writing center consultant
  • Technical writer
  • Grant writer
  • Publishing
  • Editor

University Facts & Stats

  • 60 graduate programs leading to graduate certificates, master’s and doctoral degrees
  • More than 200 graduate assistantships awarded per year
  • Graduate assistants receive up to a $9,250 stipend per year and tuition reimbursement for up to eight graduate credits per semester.

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