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Estimated Completion

36 credit hours (18+ months)

Application Process

  1. Admission to Tarleton State University – Graduate Studies
  2. Additional Program Application Requirements

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M.A. in English


Our Master of Arts degree in English is designed to enrich and enhance education in literature, rhetoric, and eloquence in language. The Department of English & Languages offers this degree with two different track options:

  • Thesis Tracks
    • Literature
    • Technical Communication and Rhetoric
  • Non-Thesis Tracks
    • Literature
    • Technical Communication and Rhetoric

Designed With You in Mind

The Thesis Track is designed primarily for students planning to pursue a career in collegiate teaching and prepares them to continue their studies with a doctoral degree. The Non-Thesis Track is designed primarily for students who desire to pursue secondary-level teaching careers. Choosing between these two tracks enables students to meet their academic needs and career goals.


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Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Obtaining a Master of Arts in English will open doors to many different careers, such as:

  • Managing Editor
  • Director of Communications
  • Content Editor
  • Teaching at the collegiate level

And much more!

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Our degree program gives you the opportunity to participate in organizations and utilize resources such as:

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Real Experience

Our Graduate Assistants have the opportunity to enroll in a two-semester teaching internship program. This internship will allow students to observe experienced composition teachers and to meet with them regularly to discuss contemporary approaches to teaching strategies. Interns get experience teaching both courses in the freshman composition sequence.

Graduate Assistants also have the opportunity to assist with first-year college English courses and mentor other students in the University Writing Center

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Program Objectives

  • Provide students with the skills that are necessary for teaching dual-credit courses, as well as for the responsibility that comes with being an adjunct faculty member or professor at the collegiate level.
  • Offer coursework in professional writing that will prepare graduates to enter the growing and lucrative technical writing/editing field, as well as careers in journalism, educational administration, and many areas of business.
  • Equip our graduates with the necessary training they will need in order to be successful in the field.
  • Provide students with personal program advising from start to finish and flexible course delivery options (including full summer listings) in order to accommodate busy schedules.
  • Provide an exciting, interactive, and demanding course of study.

Coursework Highlights

Class Number Class Name
ENGL 5310 Studies in American Literature
ENGL 5320 Studies in the English Language
ENGL 5321 Psycholinguistics
ENGL 5330 Studies in Rhetoric
ENGL 5336 Grant and Proposal Writing
ENGL 5340 Studies in Modern Fiction
ENGL 5396 Digital Humanities
ENGL 5398 Methods of Bibliography and Research Analysis

For more information on courses, please refer to the university catalog.

Facilities and Features

Sigma Tau Delta

Sigma Tau Delta

Sigma Tau Delta is the International English Honor Society and was founded in 1924 by Dr. Judson Q. Owen at Dakota Wesleyan College. Sigma Tau Delta has over 400 chapters at universities around the world, and welcomes students who demonstrate scholastic excellence in the English field, as well as in their overall academic achievement.

Modern Language Association

Modern Language Association

Founded in 1883, the Modern Language Association of America provide its members with opportunities to share their scholarly findings and teaching experiences with colleagues, as well as discuss trends in the academy. MLA members host an annual convention, along with other meetings, work with related organizations, and sustain one of the finest publishing programs in the field. For more than a century, members have worked to strengthen the study and teaching of both language and literature.

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Multimedia Foreign Language Lab

This lab is designed to guarantee our students access to the tools they need for learning a second language. The lab has advanced interactive language software that can assist students in courses such as Spanish, German, and French. The Multimedia Foreign Language Lab is located in the computer classrooms in O.A. Grant 208 and 209.