The Department of English offers four different graduate programs. Our Master of Arts degree allows a student to focus on such areas as literature, literary criticism and theory, and rhetoric and composition. The Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) degree provides students with the theory and practice necessary to teach English as a second language. The Master of Arts in Teaching gives already-certified secondary-school teachers the opportunity to sharpen both their teaching skills and knowledge of English literature, and our Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is for those who plan a career as a professional writer or teacher of writing.
Whatever your goal—pursuing a Ph.D., teaching English abroad, or publishing your creative work—our distinguished faculty are dedicated to helping you achieve it. There are typically 70-80 graduate students in English enrolled each semester, and students and faculty work together closely. Graduate students sponsor monthly colloquia to share their work and to socialize.