In addition to learning about literature and how to craft good writing, you will also learn critical thinking, research tools, time management and project organization 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:

  • American literature
  • Literature of the Southwest
  • Early British Literature
  • Victorian literature
  • Animal studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Science Fiction
  • Trauma Studies
  • Creative writing, including fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction
  • 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, fiction, 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.

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

Affordable Master's in English

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.

Additionally, ENMU 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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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

Graduate School Admission Procedures

Graduate Coordinator

David Sweeten

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Assistant Professor of English, Graduate Coordinator

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

Phone: 575.562.2501