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M.A. in English

Course Description

The M.A. degree program in English prepares its graduates for success in Ph.D. programs in English by increasing their knowledge of literary history and developing their skills in writing, literary analysis, and research. It also prepares students for any further professional education that requires superior analytical and communication skills. Our students receive intensive training in the teaching of writing, and become well-qualified instructors in the high school and college classroom. They are also prepared for careers outside the academic world wherever superior analytical and communication skills or knowledge of literary and cultural traditions are essential.

The Master of Arts degree program in English has both thesis and non-thesis options. Candidates for the master's degree must complete at least 30 semester hours of credit in the program requiring a thesis and at least 33 semester hours in the non-thesis program. At least 21 semester hours including the thesis shall be required at the 6000 level in a thesis program for the master's degree; at least 24 semester hours at the 6000 level shall be required in a non-thesis master's program. The remainder of the courses in the program of study may be at the 5000 level, yet not more than 30 percent of the courses in a student's program of study may be in dually numbered 4000/5000 courses.


Graduate faculty members provide meaningful guidance and direction to all of their students. Our more than a dozen faculty members are each passionate about their field and ready to guide you as you discover, or further your knowledge about, your professional passion.
Faculty members are active in conducting original research about writing and British and American literature. They are regularly invited to give talks and presentations at academic conferences and organizations around the world.

Graduate Assistantships

Teaching Assistants — A limited number of teaching assistantships may be available that include paid tuition and fees along with a monthly stipend in return for work with undergraduates. The responsibilities of teaching assistants includes (but are not limited to) teaching composition, assisting faculty, and tutoring students.


Students admitted to the program who possess an undergraduate degree (either major or minor) in English will be given Full Standing. Students who qualify for admission but who have no degree in the discipline will be given Provisional Standing in order to account for any deficiencies identified in their background. When the student is informed that he/she has been given Provisional Standing, he/she will also be informed of the specific courses which he/she needs to take in order to qualify for Full Standing. Once these deficiencies have been rectified, that student must then apply to the Graduate Committee for a change to Full Standing. A student who is granted Provisional Standing will, upon completion of nine hours of graduate study, be evaluated by the Graduate Committee in consultation with the faculty members who have taught him/her. At that point, the graduate committee will decide whether to grant the student Full Standing or to deny admission to further study.

Visit the M.A. in English page on the Tennessee Technological University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

An official transcript of undergraduate work reflecting an overall QPA of 2.5 or above; AND GRE® General Test (GRE) Verbal and Writing Score; AND A Writing Sample (should be an 8-page minimum, critical essay appropriate for submission in an upper-division, undergraduate English class); AND For students seeking a Graduate Teaching Assistantship: three (3) letters of recommendation. International application deadlines: October 1, 2015 for spring (January) 2016 start and May 1, 2016 for fall (August) 2016 start.

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