The English MA Program at Sam Houston State University offers unique opportunities for graduate study in traditional literary areas, creative and professional writing, critical theory, and composition and rhetoric. With some seventy students in various stages of their degrees, the program is just large enough for intellectual and creative diversity, just small enough for an intimacy between faculty and students that one does not often find at larger research institutions.
The Department of English features an accomplished faculty with expertise and professional recognition in areas ranging from literary fields and creative writing to linguistics, women’s literature, critical theory, and cultural studies. They are scholars, rhetoricians, poets, novelists, and short fictionists—all of them active members of the larger academic community and seasoned teachers devoted to the success of their graduate students.
In training its students both academically and professionally, the English MA Program offers opportunities for them to participate in scholarly and creative writing colloquia; to gain experience working with a university press that publishes books of poetry and fiction, as well as two journals; and to teach college writing courses. Students who earn Master’s degrees at the University find themselves admirably well-prepared for further graduate study, junior college teaching, and enriched secondary teaching.
The Department provides assistantships and scholarships for outstanding graduate applicants. And in order to provide greater access for commuting students, we offer courses on the main campus in Huntsville and at The University Center in The Woodlands. To accommodate students who teach full time or are otherwise employed during the day, most English graduate classes meet from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. during the fall and spring terms; classes meet in the mornings and early afternoons during the two summer terms.
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Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
International Student Requirements:
(1) All application materials required of US citizens
(2) A score report showing a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). This score translates to 213 on the computer-based version of the test and to 79 on the Internet-based version.
(3) A transcript reviewed by a transcript evaluation service, which will translate classwork and grades into United States equivalencies.
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