English Studies (M.A.)

Pursuing a master's degree in English studies will help you develop strong writing and critical thinking skills. It will also help prepare for a career in teaching, writing or editing as well as 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 $15,000 for Minnesota and reciprocity students.
  • Program offers flexible scheduling with evening courses. 
  • 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 an emphasis on advising final research projects. 

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.

Graduate Director

Dr. Sarah Green

Popular Careers

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

Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens International
Outside U.S.
Inside U.S.
Fall August 1 June 15 July 15
Spring December 1 October 15 December 1
Summer N/A N/A N/A

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