Master of Arts in English (thesis and non-thesis) b) Dual degree in English and Library Information Management. Students may work toward a dual degree in English and in Library Science and apply up to 6 hours from each degree toward the requirements of the other. This program combines the MA degree with a professional degree (MLS), a combination well suited for careers in business, government, and education.
Like other English graduate programs throughout North America, the MA program in English at ESU is in a state of constant change and continuous improvement. New critical theories and new approaches to the study of texts and languages are being brought to bear on both canonical and non-canonical works, and on the practices of teaching, research, and writing. 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.
For some of our recent graduates, the MA in English has led to such nationally-ranked Ph.D. programs as those at the 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. Other MA graduates have chosen to pursue corporate and government employment, secondary teaching, and teaching in community colleges. ESU’s graduate program in English prepares students for this 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.
In addition to the general admissions requirements of the Graduate School, candidates for the Master of Arts degree in English should have earned at least a 2.75 overall grade-point average or a 3.0 in the major. Applicants with baccalaureate degrees in fields other than English are given full consideration, although they may be required to take additional course work.
All applicants should submit the following: 1) a letter of application stating the applicant's
reasons for requesting admission and his or her future plans; 2) three letters of recommendation written by persons with knowledge of the candidate's potential for success in graduate school; and 3) a writing sample--a critical research paper from all applicants and, in addition, a creative work or works from applicants pursuing the creative writing emphasis. Applicants should send GRE scores if they are available, but the GRE is not required.
Applicants who have earned degrees at institutions in countries in which English is not the native language must score at least 575 on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or equivalent. Examination before being admitted to the MA program in English.
In addition to University international student requirements (please see our website), applicants who have earned degrees at institutions in countries in which English is not the native language must score at least 575 on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Examination before being admitted to the MA program in English.