M.A.-English (Concentrations: Literature, Folk Life/Southern Culture, Writing and Linguistics)
Format: Campus, Online
This Program is available ONLINE.
The Department of Language and Communication has much to offer to its graduate students. Incoming students will enjoy advantages such as a dedicated faculty of teacher-scholars, small classes, open discussion forums, and individual attention and guidance from distinguished scholars.
Graduate classes generally consist of a small number of students, resulting in a collegial and informal classroom style than is possible in larger programs. Many professors conduct graduate classes in a seminar form, thereby maximizing student collaboration and interaction in class discussions and activities.
Many graduate students gain valuable experience as editorial assistants working on research projects, achieve publication of their own research, and make presentations of their scholarship at professional conferences. Many of these experiences are the direct result of students working one-on-one with faculty members.
Graduates of the Masters program in the Department of Language and Communication have gone on to enroll in prestigious doctoral programs, to work as instructors at community colleges and universities throughout the state and the region, and to succeed in positions secured in business and industry. Graduates of this program leave NSU with writing and research skills that equip them to succeed in their chosen careers.
Northwestern State University is accredited by the
Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of
Colleges and Schools.
The Graduate School is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) in the United States.
1. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college
or university with a minimum grade point average of 2.0;
2. Application on file prior to registration;
3. Official transcripts on file prior to registration;
4. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores with a
minimum of 750 on verbal plus quantitative sections;
5. Two letters of recommendation.
All graduate students must furnish official transcripts from
each college or university attended.
All students applying for entry or re-entry to graduate
study at Northwestern must be eligible to return to their former institutions to be considered for admission to Northwestern.
No credit will be granted to a student by Northwestern for work done while suspended or dismissed from any institution.
Northwestern does not award graduate credits for
portfolio-based experiential learning.
International Student Requirements:
Admission for International Students
To be admitted for graduate study, international students
must present to Northwestern State University an evaluation
of their educational credentials by a United States professional
evaluating service that has been approved by the university.
International students must also meet all requirements for
admission to the Graduate School. In addition, other
documents required are: official TOEFL (Test of English as a
Foreign Language) scores (minimum score of 500 paper and
173 computer), an official Financial Statement Certification
verifying bank funds available in U.S. dollars, an Educational
Experience by Years list, a Health Form, and Immunization
Record. All admission records must be on file at least 30 days
prior to the date of registration. International students are only
admitted on a conditional basis for the first 12 hours (see
Tuition & Financial Aid
Financial Aid Offered: No
Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities I
Institution Sector: Public
Locale: Remote Town
Size & Settings: 5,000 - 9,999