Pursue the M.A. and/or the Ph.D. in English with a nationally and internationally recognized faculty, whose members have published more than 90 books. The lively, dynamic program looks at texts ranging from Beowulf to Virginia Woolf and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Study in both traditional fields (medieval literature, the Renaissance, American lit, rhetoric and composition, linguistics) and new interdisciplinary areas (popular culture, film studies, Anglophone lit, folklore, children's and adolescent literature). Students are encouraged to think and create freely within a structure that provides support from peers, guidance from faculty, resources for research, challenging goals, and rigorous standards. The relatively small size of graduate seminars allows for highly individualized attention to students. Assistantships are available, as well as awards, fellowships, and other financial support.
The Department of English offers the Master of Arts (M.A.), the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), and a minor at the graduate level. Both degree programs provide students with opportunities to integrate advanced training in traditional and emerging areas of English studies with teaching experience and pedagogical training.
The English M.A. degree, one of the oldest in the state, is a non-specialized program that offers advanced studies in American and British literature, popular culture and film, the English language, rhetoric and composition, and linguistics. Thesis and non-thesis options are offered.
The Ph.D. program allows for specialization in a number of areas, including American Literature; Anglophone Literature; British Literature; Children's and Young Adult Literature; Folklore; Linguistics; Literary Theory; Popular Culture and Film; and Rhetoric, Composition, and Pedagogy.
Admissions decisions for both programs are based on the department’s judgment of the applicant’s capacity, suitability, and preparation for graduate study.
Master’s or doctoral applicants should have completed at least 30 semester hours of English at the undergraduate level. Ph.D. candidates without an M.A. will be expected to have completed at least 20 hours of graduate coursework in English.
A foreign language requirement must be met for graduation for both advanced degrees.
The graduate programs in English have enjoyed a highly successful placement record for students. The department's M.A. degree also has a national reputation for preparing students for doctoral study at prestigious programs throughout the nation. Some potential professional careers include
academic/university official advertising/public relations executive
director/support staff for non-profit organizations
lawyer (after law school)
Employers of MTSU alumni include
Alabama State University
Appalachian State University
C. S. Lewis Foundation (Oxford, England)
University of the Cumberlands
Ingram Content Group
Kennesaw State University
Metro-Nashville Public Schools
Michigan State University
Middle Tennessee State University
University of Montana
Motlow State Community College
University of North Alabama
Rutherford County Schools
Savannah State University
Tennessee State University
Volunteer State Community College
Watkins College of Art and Design
Western Kentucky University
Master’s graduates are studying for doctorate degrees at a number of institutions including
University of California at Santa Barbara
Georgia State University
Kent State University
University of Louisville
Southern Illinois University