English MA

Whether you're interested in advancing your expertise in literature and language or in writing and editing, our English master's program allows you to customize your studies to forward your goals.

What You'll Study

In the Master of Arts program, you'll explore a variety of approaches to the study of literature, language and writing to develop your abilities as a critic, writer and teacher. Courses offer in-depth study in the areas of:

  •  Literature research, history and theory
  •  Genre and figure studies
  •  Creative and professional writing
  •  Linguistics and composition theory
  •  Film
  •  Teaching of writing and literature

With small class sizes, you'll take advantage of strong, one-on-one relationships with our expert English faculty, who focus on bringing students a thorough understanding of both the traditions of literary study and the latest multicultural and interdisciplinary approaches.

Most importantly, the program prepares you to pursue new opportunities in teaching, writing or doctoral study, with a customizable curriculum to meet your goals.

All English graduate students take at least one theory or methods course and one language, discourse or wrtiing course. A thesis or graduate portfolio is also required by the end of the program. You'll select one of two tracks to complete your degree.

Program Overview
Admission Requirements


  • Literature Track

    You'll take at least two literature courses and one in methods and research. Although not required, you'll also be encouraged to focus your remaining courses in a concentration area such as literature, linguistics, professional writing, composition and rhetoric, the teaching of language or the teaching of literature.


  • Professional and Technical Writing Track

    To complete this option, you'll take courses in communciation theory; document design, production and management; advanced linguistics and grammar; and a variety of professional writing topics.


Internships and Jobs


  •  Fathom Online Marketing
  •  Youngstown State University
  •  Thomas P. Miller and Associates


  •  Pecchia Communications
  •  U.S. House of Representatives
  •  AmeriCorps VISTA
  •  Pearson
  •  Westminster College
  •  Rockwell Automation
  •  WFMJ-TV

One More Thing

The English faculty is incredible. They provide excellent instruction to help us achieve academic, professional and personal success."

Alex Harless, English Graduate Student