Graduate English

Ron Rash talking to a graduate student outside on a bench


WCU's English graduate programs serve teachers who wish to expand their portfolios, students who wish to become community college instructors, and professionals who need to develop their skills as writers, editors, and creators of documentation. Classes are offered at both the main campus in Cullowhee and in Asheville at WCU's Biltmore Park facility.The English Department offers the following graduate degrees:

Guiding the way are our experienced, dedicated faculty, many of whom have followed this same path and made their mark as successful professionals and award-winning authors. Our graduate programs are taught by full-time professors with terminal degrees. They are acclaimed experts—not adjuncts.

Admission Requirements

  • An average grade of B or higher in upper-level undergraduate courses in the major
  • GRE General Exam is optional for the MA
  • GRE General Exam is required for the MAT and the MAEd
  • Writing sample
  • Two letters of recommendation addressing the applicant's aptitude for graduate study, preferably from former professors 
  • For the MAT and MAEd, a personal interview may be requested
  • For the MAEd, applicants must hold or be eligible for the North Carolina "A" license in this field

An ideal writing sample should be eight double-spaced pages or more in length; it should employ MLA or APA documentation and use appropriate secondary sources; and it should demonstrate the applicant’s ability to analyze a subject and construct a clear argument. It will be evaluated on the basis of content, rigor, depth, and style. This type of essay is typically produced in senior-level English classes. Other writing samples will be considered.

The Graduate School at WCU accepts student applications throughout the year. It is recommended that applicants submit a completed application and all supporting materials at least four weeks prior to the start of first term. Nevertheless, it is best to apply early because limited seats are available each semester. Learn more about Graduate School Admission requirements.

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