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A master’s degree for more career options

With its emphasis on theory, criticism and analysis, a Master of Arts in English gives you a sophisticated literary education and superior writing skills. You’ll be well-prepared for a career in journalism, business and technical writing, media and entertainment, research or library science, communications, publishing and editorial work, or education and tutoring.

An advanced English degree also makes you better qualified for work in areas such as human resources, market research, sales, public relations and other professions not typically thought of as career paths for English majors.

Learn more about possible career paths.

The Master of Arts in English

The Master of Arts in English program requires students to study literary criticism, bibliography and research methods. Students can choose a thesis or nonthesis option. Students who choose the thesis option must complete 30 hours of related coursework and six hours of research and writing. Students who opt for the nonthesis option will be required to pass a nine-hour set of written exams.

Admission requirements and prerequisites

To be admitted to the Master of Arts program, students must hold a bachelor’s degree and have completed a minimum of 24 semester hours of undergraduate coursework in English. Students interested in applying to the program must submit

  • a completed Texas Common Application form
  • a letter of interest
  • a résumé or C.V.
  • a 10- to 12-page writing sample
  • three letters of recommendation,
  • and official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

Applicants should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher on their last 60 credit hours of undergraduate English. Students who have a GPA below 3.0 but above 2.7 may be admitted to the program on a probationary basis.

Important: Students who have fewer than 24 semester hours of undergraduate credit in English will need to complete additional work to establish a background for graduate study.

Graduate minors in English and creative writing

Students pursuing a graduate degree outside the Department of English and Creative Writing may choose to pair their degree with a nine-hour minor in either English or creative writing.

Important: Enrollment in the graduate creative writing minor requires approval from the Director of Graduate Studies.

For more information on course offerings in the Department of English and Creative Writing, please visit the Graduate Bulletin.


Graduate Programs
Dr. Elizabeth Tasker

Dugas Liberal Arts North
Room 203

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13007, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

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