Master of Arts in English Programs
The Department offers a Master’s degree in English to take your
studies to a deeper level. Depending on your needs, you can enroll in a
traditional on-campus program or in the summer MA program for in-service
teachers and other students needing a low-residency program. The requirements for both programs are the same; only the schedule differs.
Our traditional MA program
allows on-campus students the opportunity to work with outstanding
faculty all year, devoting time to conference papers, individual
research projects, and further career discovery. Students practice
presenting in front of their classes and leading discussions, preparing
them for teaching or further study in English.
Or enjoy the flexibility of the Summer MA program,
which allows you to take up to five on-campus classes in the summer.
Particularly designed for teachers but open to all students, summer
residence students get the reading lists for the summer classes in December, take classes in June and July, and complete papers and
projects by the following December. Dispersing your class responsibilities throughout
the entire year allows you to complete your degree without disrupting
Considering applying for our special low-residency Summer MA Program? Meet some of our recent students and hear what they have to say about the program.
Program Summary (General Requirements for Both Programs)
The Master of Arts in English is a 30-credit hour program. The sole
course common to all Master’s students is ENG 826 Approaches to
Literature, which is a survey of the main approaches to literary study
and their practical application. The remaining 27 elective hours are
chosen from courses in the following areas:
- American, British, world, and comparative literature
- period studies
- thematic studies
- genre studies
- regional studies
- major authors
- modern grammar
- rhetoric and composition
- creative writing and
At the end of your program, you will write a four-hour graduate examination based on limited reading lists in three specializations you choose (the Writing Studies area list was revised in Fall 2015; if you plan to study that area for your exams, please download this updated reading list posted 15 January 2016). For complete details on the MA Programs, download the Guide to Graduate Study. (For current students who began the program before January 2014, please read this information on the MA Exam for students who began the program before January 2014.)
The exam dates for 2016 are March 25, June 24, and October 21. Exams will take place from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Rarick Hall 366 on the dates noted. Students are responsible for registering to take the exam with the Graduate School by each semester's deadline (February 29, June 20, and October 3, respectively). In addition, students must notify the English Department by email or telephone that they plan to take the exam no later than three weeks before the exam date.
Program Schedule for the Summer MA Option
If you wish to complete the Summer MA program in two years, you will
enroll in five courses over two consecutive summers. As a student in
this program, you will receive all course syllabi and reading
assignments in December, and you can
order texts from the University Bookstore.
You will come to your June and/or July courses with materials already prepared , and you will complete all course requirements during class,
except for out-of-class papers. In the fall, while off campus, you will
write your papers and receive your final course grades. Students needing
additional time because of extenuating circumstances may apply for an
extension by completing the Extension Request form.
If you want to extend the program over three summers, you can take
four classes each of the first two summers, followed by two classes
during the final summer.
Click here for information on the current year's summer course schedule.
How to Apply for the MA in English (Either Program)
Admission to the MA in English requires 3.0 GPA or higher in a
minimum of 18 hours of English courses beyond the general studies
composition courses as well as a completed graduate school application.
To learn more about applying to the FHSU Graduate School and the MA in
English program, visit the FHSU Graduate School site.
You may also apply for scholarships offered through the English Department for graduate students; visit our Scholarships page to read more.
Contact the English Department if you have any questions or if you would like additional information.