English (M.A.)

You can choose from three tracks of expertise: English and American literature, writing or teaching.

Whether you are a full- or part-time student, our master's degree program is designed to prepare you for professional success. Many of our students go on to successfully complete a Ph.D., and others refine their skills for professional development and advancement.

You will take a balanced program of courses to thoroughly prepare you for the next stage in your career.

Recent graduates have continued on to Ph.D programs in Literature and Rhetoric and Composition at institutions including Ball State, Bowling Green, Florida State, Kent State, Illinois State, Indiana University-Pennsylvania, Marquette, New Mexico, Ohio University, Southern Illinois-Carbondale, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and the University of Kentucky.

Recent Creative Writing students have gone to complete the MFA at the University of Cincinnati and Bowling Green State University.

Since 2012, graduate students have presented over 30 conference papers at national, regional, and state conferences including CCCC's, RNF and College English Association of Ohio, among many others.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the English program should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  1. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  3. A personal statement.
  4. Teaching Concentration Only: a copy of current teaching license or an official letter from current school principal indicating that you are a full-time teacher.

Additional requirements apply for international students.

Academic Requirements:
Students seeking admission must have completed studies in English and American literature, writing or both that will enable them to pursue graduate studies with distinction. Ordinarily, students will have completed 24 semester hours in literature, composition or both beyond the 100 level with a grade-point average of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Academic Requirements

Program requirements can be found in the online Catalog. Simply select the area of study and click "Explore".

Frequently Asked Questions

How flexible is the English graduate program?
Students design their own course of study and may choose to focus in the traditional areas of literature or writing. Many students use their graduate work as a means to strengthen their teaching credentials through the teaching track.

How is the teaching track beneficial?
The teaching track is designed for high school teachers of English who need their Master of Arts degree for career advancement. Students may pursue graduate work that combines the content emphasis of an English program with pedagogical training.

What is involved in being a teaching assistant?
Teaching assistants teach two first-year composition classes a semester. Assistantships cover tuition, graduate fees, health insurance, and include a stipend of more than $8,000 for the academic year.

What areas of concentration are available in the English program?
Students may choose from one of three tracks — a literary track, a writing track or a teaching track. The literary track offers traditional courses in British and American studies, literary theory and a variety of seminars. The writing track invites students to focus on rhetorical study, business or professional discourse, or creative writing. The teaching track provides the opportunity for teachers of English to combine the content emphasis of an English program with pedagogical training.


Andrew Slade, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director

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