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Master of Arts in English


Providing students a deep understanding of English literature and literary theory

With nearly 30 graduate faculty, our program has specialists in most areas of literary, rhetorical, composition, and linguistic study.  Learn more about different degree emphases here. Our graduate program (65-70 students) is small and intimate enough that students enjoy a sense of community and benefit from close faculty mentoring. Faculty members take their roles as mentors very seriously, giving students the careful attention that helps them define and achieve their professional goals. 

Requirements and Expectations

Applicants to the M.A. program must hold a bachelor's degree with an undergraduate major or minor in English and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Potential applicants without an undergraduate major or minor should talk with the Director of Graduate Studies to determine which undergraduate English courses they should take to prepare to apply.

Learn more about admissions to the English M.A. program.


The Department of English offers four areas of emphasis within its MA program. Those emphases allow students to pursue research goals that align most closely with their personal interests.

Language and Linguistics

The MA program of study in Language and Linguistics is designed primarily for students who have some background in Linguistics but did not major in the field as undergraduates. The program is an excellent complement to BA or advanced degrees in Anthropology, Composition and Rhetoric, English Literature, Foreign Languages, Philosophy, Psychology, or Speech Pathology. The MA can serve as a terminal degree, or as preparation for further study in a Linguistics Ph.D. program.


The Literature emphasis covers a range of courses on English, American, and Anglophone literature. Our faculty members publish frequently in leading journals and have authored recent books on topics ranging from Arthurian legend to postmodern American lyric. We have particular strengths in Renaissance and Victorian studies; twentieth-century American, British, and comparative literatures; and cultural studies and theory.


The MA Writing emphasis is designed for students who wish to strengthen their skills as writers while deepening their understanding of literature and language. MA Writing students may opt for intensive study in composition research and teaching or in creative writing, with cognate work in linguistics, literature, or literacy studies.


Faculty in the Department of English are experts in topics such as rhetoric, environmental issues, Victorian literature, stylistics and science.

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Phone (775) 784-6155
Fax (775) 784-1478
Location Ansari Business Building
Address University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, NV 89557

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