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MA English: Literature + Textual Interpretation

Who is this master's degree for?

This degree is designed for those who teach or aspire to teach in high school or college, who are in or aspire to a career requiring high-level communication skills, or who wish to pursue further graduate work in English or a related field.

The English Master's in Literature and Textual Interpretation offers courses in literature, critical theory, film, linguistics, technical and creative writing, rhetoric, and composition pedagogy. Advanced courses in literature and film emphasize textual interpretation from a variety of theoretical perspectives and provide practical training in literary and film research and criticism. Other advanced courses focus on theories of rhetoric, pedagogy, writing and languages.  

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  • A minimum of 24 credits in English. Deficiencies in credits will be made up at the undergraduate level.
  • An undergraduate grade-point average of 3.25 in English course work and 3.0 overall (or 3.15 in the second half of all undergraduate work) on a 4.0 scale.

To apply to the MA in English program, an applicant must submit the following documents:

  • A completed application for graduate admission and the application fee,
  • official transcripts from all post secondary institutions previously attended,
  • a letter of intent that explains your academic and career goals and expectations, and
  • a writing sample, such as an undergraduate research paper (Literature and Textual Interpretation emphasis) or a fiction or poetry (Writing emphasis), that represents your best work.

To apply for a graduate assistantship, fellowship, or the Advanced Opportunity Program (AOP), please also complete the online Graduate Assistantship/Fellowship/AOP Application on the admissions website. Applications completed by March 1 will receive priority consideration for assistantships, fellowships, and AOP grants; however, applications completed thereafter will continue to be considered on a rolling basis. 

Send materials to:
Graduate Admissions
UW-Eau Claire, Schofield Hall 111
Eau Claire WI, 54702

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