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Master of Arts in English

The M.A. in English is the stepping stone toward completion of a Ph.D. in the field, which most often leads to the position of a college professor. Admission requirements for the M.A. program are as follows:

  • Meet the undergraduate course requirements for English: 18 undergraduate semester hours in English.
  • Submit critical writing sample with an application for admission.
  • Meet GRE requirements: A scoring range of 146-150 or greater on the verbal section, a 140-141 or greater on the quantitative section, and a 2.5 on the writing assessment of the GRE General Examination.  
  • Have 12 semester hours (or 2 high school credits plus intermediate level at university level) of coursework or the reading knowledge of one foreign language before admission to candidacy.

More information about the Master of Arts program and curriculum may be found in the department's Graduate Guide, available below.

Master of Education in English

A thirty-hour program of English and Education courses with no thesis. This program also requires a class A secondary school teaching certificate before you complete the M.Ed. The program is designed for those who intend to teach at the secondary level throughout their career. Completion upgrades your certificate to AA-level.

More information about the Master of Education program and curriculum may be found in the department's Graduate Guide, available below.

Master of Liberal Studies

The MLS is a 36-hour program designed for students who want to learn more about a variety of humanities fields but who do not need a thesis or any sort of education certificate. Since no thesis is required, the MLS is not suitable for someone planning on going on toward a Ph.D. The MLS is intentionally broad and diversified in its scope; students take a variety of courses from the different humanities departments (Art, English, Music, Communications, History and Political Science and Sociology and Social Work). No more than 12 hours from each field is the guideline, but students can appeal to have more courses in a certain field, as long as there is still a variety characteristic of a master's in liberal studies. See the current online graduate catalog for more specific details.