Master of Arts in English

Critical thinking, research tools, time management and project organization are skills you will learn while pursing a Master of Arts degree in English. Our program is offered in-person, online, and a combination of the two. 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 who major 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.

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

  • Business
  • Editing
  • Publishing
  • Public service
  • Law
  • Doctoral programs in English and other fields.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

When it comes to financing your education, ENMU is here to help! Over 80% of our students receive some sort of financial assistance, and we can help you find out if you qualify for any grants, loans or scholarships. Our department also offers full time and part time graduate assistant positions to qualified applicants. Graduate assistants not only receive a stipend and in state tuition rates, but gain teaching experience. Most graduate assistants begin by working in the Writing Center and later divide their time between the Writing Center and teaching composition and rhetoric courses.

Admission Requirements

  • 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

Additional Degree Info

You can find additional information about the Master of Arts in English degree, including the courses you will take when you're a Languages and Literature major at Eastern.

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