Northwestern State University of Louisiana

Northwestern State University of Louisiana

Master of Arts in English (Online)


175 Sam Sibley Drive

Natchitoches, LA 71457

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.A.-English (Concentrations: Literature, Folk Life/Southern Culture, Writing and Linguistics)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

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.

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 conditional admission).

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Remote Town

Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999

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