As a student in the Master of Arts (M.A.) in English program at the University of Idaho, you’ll carve your own way. You’ll customize a study plan that complements your interests and best supports your personal goals. This flexibility – coupled with one-on-one mentoring from our well-published faculty – will prepare you for whatever it is you want to do with your advanced degree, from writing or editing to teaching or pursing a doctorate.
Through course selection, choice of thesis topic and faculty guidance, M.A. students may emphasize any area of literary studies they choose, such as composition/rhetoric or literary theory and criticism.
The strengths of the M.A. program arise from the credentials of its faculty. Recently arrived faculty from the University of Virginia, Penn State and the University of Washington join professors from Harvard, Chicago, Cornell, Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois and Missouri to offer you a comprehensive opportunity to study language, rhetoric and literature. You’ll conduct independent scholarly research, be encouraged to present your work at regional and national conferences and compete for admission to high-profile Ph.D. programs.
Moscow’s progressive small town atmosphere and the sense of community within the department are two important reasons people undertake graduate study here. M.A. students at the University of Idaho work very closely with the faculty and side-by-side with students in other departmental graduate programs. Monthly seminars featuring graduate students’ works-in-progress are social events, as well, providing a chance to spend informal time with classmates and professors.