Designed for poets, writers of fiction and creative non-fiction, for professional writers in or aspiring to a career requiring high-level communication skills, for those who teach or aspire to teach in high school or college, and for those who wish to pursue further graduate work in English or a related field, the Master of Arts — English: Writing program offers advanced workshops in prose and poetry writing that emphasize professional production in literary genres.
Other advanced courses focus on scientific and technical writing, rhetoric and composition pedagogy, literature, critical theory, and linguistics.
- 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.