WCU's English graduate programs appeal to teachers trying to expand their portfolios, community college instructors, and professionals who need to be better writers, editors, and creators of documentation. Some come for the chance to study with poets and prose writers like Ron Rash and Pamela Duncan.
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.
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.