Master of Arts in English

The Master of Arts (MA) program in English allows students to develop a knowledge base in a range of literatures and theories by taking a broad range of courses. Through small classes and independent work with an advisory committee, students gain expertise in articulating a research plan and carrying it out; developing original arguments that contribute to ongoing debates within the field; mastering research techniques and the ability to evaluate resources, including digital resources; and communicating their ideas to varied audiences, both orally and in writing. Both the thesis and non-thesis options allow students the opportunity to pursue specialized study and to synthesize the knowledge and critical skills developed through coursework. 

MA students are qualified to pursue doctoral studies, to apply for positions teaching composition at the community college level, and to succeed in editorial and other writing-centered employment.