A master’s degree for more career options
The Department of English and Creative Writing offers:
- a master's degree with two tracks (literature and creative writing)
- a certificate in advanced English pedagogy
- and a graduate minor in English
With a balanced curriculum of research, theory and practice, 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.
Master of Arts in English
In the Master of Arts in English program, the core required classes introduce you to literary criticism, bibliography and research methods. Beyond the core classes, you can select to study in the Literature track or the Creative Writing track. While all students in the Creative Writing track write and defend a thesis, students in the Literature track can choose to do thesis or take comprehensive exams in three specialist areas of study.
Assistantships are available for full-time graduate students on a competitive basis. Students on assistantships also have the opportunity to attend valuable professional development training and to teach their own sections of first-year composition.
View a degree plan on the advising web page.
Certificate in Advanced English Pedagogy
Designed with a pedagogical focus specifically for teachers, this 18-hour certificate program develops the skills and content knowledge necessary for teaching lower-division, undergraduate college English. This hybrid program is ideal for teachers and other working individuals who seek to teach dual credit English and/or English at a community college.
View a degree plan on the advising web page.
Advanced Certificate in Professional Writing
Do you feel like your writing abilities aren’t up to par in a professional setting? We have a program for you!
This 12-hour online program provides master’s students who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher with courses that combine practical skills with academic knowledge. Graduates are prepared to both write professionally and think strategically, regardless of their career field.
What to Expect
- Three courses in professional, digital and collaborative writing enhance your professional writing abilities.
- The fourth course gives you the option to choose a path to fit your goals.
For more information, please see the Graduate Bulletin.
Admission requirements and prerequisites
All applicants for the English graduate programs must submit
- a completed Texas Common Application form
- a letter of interest
- a résumé or C.V.
- three letters of recommendation,
- and official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
Applicants for the Master of Arts in English program must also submit a 10- to 12-page writing sample.
- For those applying to the literature track, the writing sample should consist of a researched literary analysis or other academic essay.
- For those applying to the creative writing track, the sample must consist of original fiction, poetry or creative non-fiction.
A writing sample is not necessary from applicants for the certificate program.
Prior education requirements:
- For the Master of Arts in English program, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and minimum of 24 semester hours of undergraduate coursework in English.*
- For the certificate in advanced English pedagogy program, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and minimum of 18 semester hours of undergraduate coursework in English.*
- For either program, applicants should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher on their last 60 credit hours of undergraduate work. Students who have a GPA below 3.0 but above 2.7 may be admitted to the program on a probationary basis.
- Students who have fewer semester hours of undergraduate credit in English than required may still apply but will need to complete coursework 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.