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 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. A complete program guide is available at http://www.emporia.edu/grad/docs/degrees-courses/EnglishModernLanguages.pdf .
What can you do with a degree in English?
- Secondary/community college teaching
- Pursue law degree
- Corporate and government employment
- Pursue doctoral programs
- Professional writer
- Graduate Student Advisory Council
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 18 hour 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 elective courses plus either an independent research project or a 20-minute scholarly research public presentation
- Complete program guide available at http://www.emporia.edu/grad/docs/degrees-courses/EnglishModernLanguages.pdf
- Currently 9.5 graduate teaching assistant positions
- Duties include teaching English composition or working in the writing lab
- Instructional training is provided through a two-semester pedagogy course
- Candidate applications for a GTA position are reviewed and approved by the department Graduate Committee.
- Minimum stipend approximately $7059 for fall/spring semesters
- Must work 20 hrs. per week
- Full tuition waiver each semester (must pay fees)
- Subsidized graduate assistant health insurance available
- Must apply at http://www.emporia.edu/grad/graduateassistants/
MA-English graduates have been accepted in nationally-ranked PhD programs at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Michigan, the University of Minnesota, the University of Southern California, and the University of California at Riverside