An M.A. in English helps students prepare for a host of professional careers, including community college teaching, writing and editing positions, research-intensive professions, law and library schools, and doctoral programs.
Students take a broad array of classes and choose a concentration in one of three areas:
Students in our M.A. program receive individualized attention from our highly accomplished graduate faculty. Our graduate students:
Classes are offered at both our campus in Cullowhee and in Asheville at Biltmore Park. Program specifics can be found in the Graduate Catalog.
For students holding graduate assistantships in English, our program often serves as a professional apprenticeship in teaching at the college level. However, graduate assistants can also work as research assistants with English faculty, as professional writers in a variety of university offices like the Coulter Faculty Commons or the Graduate School, or in other capacities. For those who want the teaching training, the typical path is to work as tutors in the Writing and Learning Commons (WaLC) during the first year, as well as observing a writing class each semester and taking ENGL 514 Teaching Writing, which is designed to provide both a theoretical base and practical pedagogical training. Usually in the second year, after completing eighteen hours of graduate English coursework, students gain classroom experience by teaching their own writing class under the mentorship of an experienced instructor.
Graduate Assistants are required to take nine hours per semester (except for their final semester, in which they take six). The assistantship is a 20-hour/week commitment.
For more information on scholarships, tuition waivers, grants, fellowships, and awards, see the Graduate School's "Tuition and Funding."
Information for current students: