Online or On-Campus Master of Arts in English

Our 100% online master's English Program is affordable, flexible, and gives you skills that apply to a variety of careers.

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Thesis Options

Thesis Options

Personalize your learning experience; write a traditional literary thesis or a creative writing thesis in fiction, poetry or creative nonfiction.

Teaching Path

Teaching Path

If you have a master’s degree in another field, you can take 18 hours of English through this program then you’ll be qualified to teach English at a community college.

Unique Resources

Unique Resources

The father of science fiction Dr. Jack Williamson taught at ENMU and provided us with the third largest science fiction collection in the U.S., including many original documents.

As the only 100% online English master's program in New Mexico, our M.A. in English can be completed online, with the option to take some or all courses in person. Choose the path that fits your needs.

In addition to the flexibility and convenience of course formats, you know you’re getting a quality education from a master’s program with a proven record of success: over the past 15 years, we have an impressive 88.9% acceptance rate among ENMU M.A. students who have applied to doctoral programs.

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Graduate Coordinator

Dr. David Sweeten
Associate Professor of English/Graduate Coordinator
Jack Williamson Liberal Arts (JWLA), Room 113G

Ready to take the next step?

Apply today or fill out the form to contact our English graduate coordinator to see if the Master of Arts in English is a good fit for you.

Complete the form below to get more information about our M.A. in English


Ready to take the next step?

Apply today or fill out the form to contact our English graduate coordinator to see if the Master of Arts in English is a good fit for you.

Complete the form below to get more information about our M.A. in English


Master of Arts in English Program Overview

Critical thinking, research tools, time management and project organization are skills you will learn while pursuing a Master of Arts in English at ENMU. We work to help all our students stay engaged with course material and are experienced in accommodating the unique schedules associated with working professionals and 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:

  • American literature
  • Literature of the Southwest
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Victorian literature
  • Gender Studies
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Science Fiction
  • Creative writing, including fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction
  • Literary theory

To complete the MA in English, you will: take a minimum of 27 hours of coursework and 6 thesis credit hours and pass comprehensive exams.

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.

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.

Career Services for Students

Career Services offers free job placement assistance to all ENMU students, so if you are looking for a job, we can help you find it.

We offer many resources including various workshops throughout the year covering topics like resume writing, interviewing for jobs, and more! As an ENMU student, if you’re interested in individual help for things like networking, social media for success, resume writing, and mock interviews, our staff is available to help.

Explore employment opportunities in this field by visiting the O*NET webpage. The U.S. Department of Labor sponsors the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) database. The site aggregates data for occupations across the United States.

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Hands-On Experience for English Master’s Students

We offer both face-to-face and online graduate assistantships where students can get experience tutoring, teaching freshman composition, and/or running our literary magazine, El Portal.

Graduate assistants not only receive a stipend and in state tuition rates, but gain teaching experience. Many graduate assistants begin by working in the ENMU Writing Center and later divide their time between the ENMU Writing Center and teaching composition and rhetoric courses.

Communication Resources and Academic Support for MA in English Students

On-Campus and Online Writing Center

We want to make sure you get the support you need. We offer flexible tutoring services, including the ENMU Writing Center which is available to help you improve your writing and help you clearly communicate for written, school-related projects and assignments.

We also have online databases, journal article, and eBooks accessible through the Golden Library. ENMU librarians are available virtually, via phone and email to provide assistance, so you'll always have the help you need to take advantage of library resources.

See our distance learning library services

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


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 in person, or via email and phone. We want you to feel connected and prepared to complete your degree.

Master of Arts in English Coursework (33 hours)

Master of Arts in English students must complete a minimum of 27 credit hours of coursework and 6 thesis credit hours. Before beginning work on the thesis, you must pass a written qualifying exam based on a reading list set by the graduate faculty.

Note: Degree information shown on this page is based on the 2020-22 Graduate Catalog.

Course Credits
ENG 500 Literary Theory 3
ENG 502 Bibliography and Methods 3
ENG 504 Writing for Publication 3
ENG 511 Inclusion and Resistance: Americas 3
ENG 512 Inclusion and Resistance: Europe 3
ENG 501 Pedagogy of College Writing 3
ENG 503 Graduate Survey of British, American and Global Literature in English 3
ENG 513 Fiction Writing 3
ENG 514 Inventing Realities, Fabricating Truths 3
ENG 526 American Authors/Genres/Themes 3
ENG 530 British Authors/Genres/Themes 3
ENG 547 Literary and Cultural Studies 3
ENG 569 Workshop in English 3
ENG 579 Individual Research 1–3
ENG 593 Topics in English 1–3
ENG 599 Master’s Thesis 6

Admission Requirements for Master's 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.)
  • No GRE required

Graduate Admission Procedures

Application Procedure:

  • Apply to the Graduate School.
  • Submit an academic writing sample to the Graduate School.

    Graduate School
    ENMU Station 24
    1500 S Ave K
    Portales, NM 88130
    Phone: 575.562.2147

What’s Next?

Once you are admitted to the Graduate School (apply today!), the graduate coordinator for English will evaluate your transcripts to determine your admission status, foreign language proficiency, and whether or not you’ll need any leveling coursework.