Master of Arts in English with Writing Emphasis

The English master's degree with a writing emphasis is designed for students who wish to strengthen their skills as writers while deepening their understanding of literature and language. Master's 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. Students may choose either a nonthesis or thesis program of study, with a range of creative or research project options available in the latter.

The program has supported students with a variety of profiles, who engage in diverse kinds of projects: memoirs, collections of short stories or poems, interview-based study of secondary teaching, a survey of writing program administrators, hybrid-genre writing, family history/life-writing. Students studying creative writing will find ample access to workshops, seminars, and individual study, taught by faculty with interest in a broad range of forms and genres. Students in the program are active in professional activities of various kinds: publishing, participating in conferences and serving as writing interns in businesses, community agencies, or educational institutions.

The Master of Arts in English with a writing program has placed graduates in community colleges, private sector positions, and Ph.D. programs throughout the U.S.

Course Requirements

a) Required Course: English 730, Introduction to Graduate Study in Rhetoric and Composition, is required and should be taken at the earliest opportunity. It is customarily offered each fall semester.
b) Electives: At least two courses for the thesis plan, or three courses for the non-thesis plan, must be chosen from 600- and 700-level writing courses in English.
c) Other Electives: In consultation with the advisory committee, the student will choose at least two courses (thesis plan) or three courses in (non-thesis plan), to complement his or her interests. No more than three courses may be taken outside the Department of English.
d) Language Studies: The student's undergraduate or graduate course work must include an advanced course in English language studies, such as English 411B/611B, 412A/612A, or 414A/614A, as approved by the advisory committee.

A checklist of degree requirements for the Master of Arts in English, Writing emphasis is available.