Critical thinking, research tools, time management and project organization are skills you will learn while pursing a Master of Arts degree in English. We work to help all our online students stay engaged with course material and are experienced in accommodating the unique schedules associated with active duty military personnel. Our department's small size lends itself to intimate classes, with advisors and committee chairs working one-one-one with students. Our faculty has a diverse range of research interests including:

  • Early American literature
  • Animal studies
  • Victorian literature
  • Creative writing
  • Literary theory

To complete this program, you need to pass comprehensive exams, and complete and defend a thesis. Graduate students in English study literary texts, film and historical records, as well as critical and cultural theory. The graduate program involves extensive reading of prose, poetry, visual media, and drama, as well as writing and research activities. In addition to a traditional track of literary study, you may study creative writing and prepare a creative thesis as your final project or choose our "inclusion and resistance" focus, a study of the social and artistic areas used by minority groups to shape history.

Application for this Program

Learning Format For English Graduate Degree Coursework

Our graduate degree in English can be completed 100% online, with the option to take some courses in person. You'll complete assignments, group and individual projects, group and individual presentations, readings and tests throughout the semester. Lectures are delivered and recorded via Mediasite and programs like Adobe Collaborate and Skype allow you to be engaged in course work. Professors prefer that you watch lectures in real time so you can gain the benefit of participation with your instructor and peers. But, we also have experience working with students who are unable to watch in real time and may make exceptions based on individual circumstances. To fulfill your graduation requirements for this program, you must pass comprehensive exams and successfully defend a thesis. For distance education students living outside of Portales, we use media equipped classrooms to let you defend your thesis from home and allow the taking of comprehensive exams at a testing center near you.

Advising for English Students

If you are taking the time to complete an advanced study program, we know you want not only the benefits from our classes, but also our faculty's professional experience. To support you, we offer advising meetings via email and phone. We want you to feel connected and prepared to complete your degree.

Communication Resources and Academic Support

At ENMU, we want to make sure you get the help you need. We offer several tutoring services, including the Online Writing Center (OWL), which is exclusively for distance education students. The OWL is available to help you improve your writing and help you communicate clearly for written, school-related projects and assignments. We also have online databases, journal articles and eBooks accessible through the Golden Student Success Center. Since ENMU has a dedicated distance education librarian on staff, you'll always have the help you need to take advantage of library resources.

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If you have questions or concerns about your homework assignments, projects or grades, you also have the option to email or call your professor.

Affordable Master's in English

Eastern New Mexico University has the second lowest bachelor's and master's-level tuition in the state of New Mexico, and has one of the most affordable graduate tuition rates in the United States. If you are an out-of-state student enrolling in 6 or fewer hours per semester, you'll pay tuition and fees at the low in-state rate.

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Career Opportunities with a Master of Arts in English

This program will prepare you for more than teaching. The skills you learn apply to many career fields, including:

  • B2B content editing
  • Direct response copy writing
  • Digital copy writing
  • Technical writer
  • Public Relations
  • Corporate Blogger
  • Marketing Researcher
  • Policy Analyst
  • Editing
  • Publishing
  • Public service
  • Law
  • Doctoral programs in English and other fields.

Admission Requirements for Masters in English

If you are seeking a Master of Arts in English, you are expected to have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. All students seeking admission must apply to the English program in addition to making formal application to the Graduate School.

  • Possess a Bachelor of Arts in English (Well-qualified applicants from other disciplines are eligible, but may be required to take leveling courses.)
  • Apply to the Graduate School
  • No GRE required
  • Meet the Foreign Language Proficiency requirement

Graduate Admission Procedures

Graduate Coordinator

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Associate Professor of English, Department Chair

Office Location: Jack Williamson Liberal Arts (JWLA), Room 113J

Phone: 575.562.2135