The Master of Arts degree offers two years of a rigorous course of study in literary and rhetorical studies in a friendly environment. Students with a variety of interests thrive here. Members of our graduate faculty have expertise and research interests in British and American literature, literature and the environment, literary theory, rhetoric and composition, comparative literature and interdisciplinary studies.
Our faculty members are leaders in their scholarly fields and are active in publishing books and peer-review articles and presenting their scholarship at national and international conferences. Three are editors of scholarly journals, so students here have opportunities to gain experience with scholarly publishing and editing. See a list of all our faculty and profiles.
Our M.A. students join a lively intellectual community. Each spring, students have the opportunity to plan, host and participate in the University of Idaho Graduate English Conference. UI and the English Department host leading scholars and creative writers who give lectures and work with our graduate students in classes. Recent visiting writers have included Teju Cole, Rebecca Solnit and Pulitzer Prize winner Adam Johnson. Visiting scholars have included Adela Pinch, Stacy Alaimo and Michael Bennett.
Our M.A. graduates have gone on to successful careers in teaching, editing, publishing, business and academe. Alumni have entered doctorate programs at institutions such as U. of British Columbia, Cal/Berkeley, Cal/Davis, Cal/Irvine, Columbia, Chicago, Stanford, Washington and Washington State, while others now serve as tenured or tenure-track faculty at such institutions as Kansas State, University of Cincinnati and University of Nevada-Reno.
How to Apply
The University of Idaho’s M.A. in English admits students for entry in the fall semester of each year. Application deadline is February 1. Applications incomplete at that time will be at a disadvantage. We usually notify applicants of their status in early March.
Take note: the application process takes some time to complete. You need to have your official transcripts from all institutions you have attended forwarded to our Graduate Admissions office. Letters of recommendation can also take a considerable amount of time. Start early.
- Bachelor's degree from a college or university accredited by a recognized accrediting association.
- Undergraduate grade‐point average of 3.0 or higher for the last 60 semester credits (or 90 quarter credits) or an undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.
- Have maintained at least a 3.0 grade-‐point average in subsequent academic work, if any.
- A TOEFL score (or equivalent English test) of at least 560 (paper test) or 83 (internet test) for non‐English speaking students who have not graduated from an English‐speaking institution.
- Graduate Admissions online application.
- Three confidential letters of recommendation, preferably from professors who can speak to your aptitude for graduate study. Recommenders should send letters directly to the College of Graduate Studies at the address below. There is no departmental form for recommendations. Letterhead is preferable; if letters do not come directly from the references themselves, recommendations should be signed, by the reference writer, across the envelope flap. If you are seeking a teaching assistantship, letters should also speak of your potential as a teacher of college writing.
- Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate courses completed at each college or university you have attended.
- A Statement of Career Objectives, not more than two double-spaced pages, including your desires and goals for the program you wish to enter.
- Curriculum Vitae or resume.
- Writing sample.
- Analytical essay: 8‐20 page essay, preferably a paper for a course and with the instructors comments on it.
- GRE Scores.