Master of Arts in English

Our master’s in English is an affordable, flexible degree that offers studies in literature, rhetoric, composition theory, language theory and technical communication.

With year-round courses, our English master’s degree program is designed for working professionals to meet your academic needs and career goals. Choose from two concentrations, each with thesis and non-thesis options.

  • Literature enhances our students’ knowledge for teaching English at the secondary level, including dual-credit courses, or university level, as well as doctoral degree programs in literature.
  • Technical Communication and Rhetoric supports individuals planning a career in technical writing or seeking doctoral programs in technical communication, rhetoric or composition and enhances the skill set for working professionals who write frequently.

What is English?

Studies in English encompass literature, rhetoric, technical communication, linguistics, digital humanities, genre, discourse analysis, disability rhetoric and so much more. Study English to improve your ability to communicate through written and spoken language and complement areas such as history and communication studies.

What Can You Do With Your Master’s Degree in English?

By honing your research, writing, analytical and communication skills, you will open up opportunities in a variety of career pathways. For example, enter the growing and lucrative field of technical writing and editing, or prepare for the demands of teaching in a college classroom in both composition and literature.

Our graduates use their MA in English degrees to get jobs in numerous fields such as writing, editing, journalism, publishing, information design and many areas of business. These are just a few of their roles:

  • Secondary Education Teacher
  • Adjunct Faculty or College Professor
  • Managing Editor
  • Director of Communications
  • Content Writer or Editor

An English master’s degree also provides a way to move into educational administration or college-level leadership with additional certification.

How Much Do English Graduates Make?

In 2018, the median annual salary for technical writers was more than $71,000, for high school teachers was more than $60,000 and for post-secondary teachers was nearly $80,000, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Estimated Completion

36 Credit Hours (18+ months)

Application Process


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Why Study English?

Continue, enrich and enhance your education with solid coursework that can help you earn a job promotion or gain an extra edge in the job market.

What Classes Will You Take as an English Graduate Student?

Explore a variety of English topics, such as professional writing, studies in rhetoric, digital humanities, and American and British literature. Through the diverse coursework, you’ll develop marketable job skills and knowledge, including technical editing, grant and proposal writing, bibliography methods and research analysis.

View all required classes for the English master’s degree.


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