MA English


ESU's graduate program in English prepares students for a wide range of career paths by combining a flexible, individually-tailored academic program with opportunities for supervised training and experience in the teaching of composition, and for participation alongside faculty in professional conferences and publications. Through our small classes, careful advising, and strong mentoring relationships, as a graduate student at ESU you will become part of a close-knit and active community of teacher-scholars. We in the Department of English, Modern Languages, and Journalism are proud to offer a graduate program in which students are encouraged not just to learn about these developments, but to engage with the faculty in the ongoing dialogue that creates and renews our fields of study. MA candidates can pursue emphases in literature, creative writing, or rhetoric/pedagogy. A dual degree in English and Library Information Management is available. For a complete program guide, see link under requirements and courses below. 

Requirements and Courses

  • Minimum 2.75 overall GPA or a 3.0 GPA in the undergraduate major
  • International students must score a minimum 575 on the TOEFL
  • Applicants with baccalaureate degrees in fields other than English are given full consideration; additional course work may be required.
  • The Master of Arts in English consists of 21 hours of program requirements plus one of two options:
  • Option A: 9 hours of electives courses plus a scholarly thesis (4 credit hours)
  • Option B: 12 hours of elective courses plus either an independent research project or a 20-minute scholarly research public presentation