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Leverage your love of literature and depth of language with this degree that fine tunes your analytical and critical thinking skills. Learn how to use the power of the English language to explain complex concepts through clear and concise expressions.

Leverage your love of literature and depth of language with this degree that fine tunes your analytical and critical thinking skills. Learn how to use the power of the English language to explain complex concepts through clear and concise expressions.

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The MA degree in English offered by the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences is a comprehensive program that addresses the many facets of English: its literatures; its linguistic, social and cultural histories; and its capacities for persuasion, exposition and elucidation.

The program is grounded in scholarly tradition but designed for the demands of the 21st century. Its innovative curriculum has been developed to train present and future educators as well as individuals pursuing careers in the wide variety of professions that value advanced critical thinking, research and communication skills: from journalism and publishing to business communication, web content and social media management, educational and nonprofit consulting, public relations and many more.

The world-class faculty is ready to help enhance students' skill set, deepen their knowledge base and put the Master of Arts in English degree to work in their chosen profession.

At A Glance

English, MA

Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete this graduate level program.

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Degree requirements

Required Core (6 credit hours)
ENG 502 Contemporary Critical Theories (3) or MAS 505 Theories of Change, Culture and Mind (3)
ENG 582 Pedagogy (3)

Electives or Research (12 credit hours)
ENG 500 Research Methods (3)
ENG 591 Seminar (3)
ENG or LIN courses (6)

Open Elective or Research Courses (9 credit hours)

Culminating Experience (3 credit hours)
ENG 597 Graduate Capstone Seminar (3)

Additional Curriculum Information
For electives or research, students should see the academic unit for the approved course list from ENG and LIN courses through New College. ENG 500 is a required research course for all students and must be included in the plan of study.

For the open elective or research courses, nine credit hours can be selected from ENG or non-ENG coursework offered by various academic units. The selection of coursework is in consultation with the student's committee.

Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree, in any field, from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program; or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. statement of purpose
  4. two letters of recommendation
  5. an academic writing sample or professional writing sample (optional)
  6. resume or curriculum vitae (optional)
  7. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency.

The statement of purpose should describe the educational background, scholarly interests and academic and professional goals of the applicant.

It is preferred that the letters of recommendation are from faculty members who know the applicant's work well; if such faculty are not available, then recommendation letters from individuals in supervisory or professional roles are acceptable.

An academic writing sample (preferred) or a professional writing sample is recommended, but not required, when submitting an application.

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