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MA English

Course Description

Program Description:

The Department of English Language and Literatures offers a flexible M.A. program designed to meet various needs, including those of prospective or practicing high school or college English teachers, ESL specialists, professional writers, and predoctoral students. The program is structured around work in language, literature, and writing. Courses are regularly available in the standard areas of literature, linguistics, composition/rhetoric, professional writing, and gender studies, as well as in nontraditional and interdisciplinary studies.

Visit the website: https://www.wright.edu/degrees-and-programs/catalog/programs/english-ma

Course detail

Elective options allow students to design programs to meet their educational goals. In addition to the course and thesis options, special options allow students to combine courses in literature or language with work in creative writing, professional writing, technical writing, women’s studies, or the teaching of writing and literature, among other options.

The program in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), which includes linguistics and prepares students to teach English to nonnative speakers, may be pursued as an elective option, as an endorsement for certified public school teachers, or as a concentration in itself. Details about the different offerings in the TESOL program are available in the departmental office.

Interdisciplinary options allow work in programs such as reading, communications, religion studies, or history. By offering on-the-job experience at appropriate sites, internships within the various options prepare students for professional writing careers, for college teaching, or for positions in special collections, archives, and private and rare book libraries. Full-time or part-time study is possible.

Format and assessment

The master’s program in English comprises three concentrations. The concentration in literature enables students to increase their knowledge of English and American literature and to improve their critical skills and their grasp of scholarly method. The concentration in composition and rhetoric provides training in writing theory and pedagogy. The concentration in TESOL provides those who wish to teach ESL with thorough grounding in linguistics, language acquisition theory, and classroom practice. To meet these goals, the program uses three groups of courses:

The 6000-level courses offer widely varied topics in literature and language and are especially suitable for students wishing to extend their knowledge of English and American literature, critical theory, writing pedagogy, and linguistics.

The 7000-level core courses provide students with the necessary scholarly and critical skills for graduate-level work. All students in the concentration in literature are required to take both ENG 7010 and 7110; students in the concentration in composition and rhetoric are required to take both ENG 7020 and 7120; students in the concentration in TESOL are required to take both ENG 7030 and 7130.

The 7000-level seminar courses offer opportunities for intensive and specialized scholarly and critical study on a broad range of specific literary and linguistic topics; three seminars are required of all students in the program.

Additional elective courses are available in literature, language, and writing.

All students are required to submit a graduate portfolio.

Graduate Portfolio

During the last quarter in the program, a candidate for a degree must submit a portfolio that includes a cover essay and an independent paper. Every candidate must successfully fulfill the graduate portfolio requirement in order to receive a degree.

Details concerning the portfolio are available from the Department of English Language and Literatures.


Students who elect the thesis option or the creative writing thesis option are required to enroll for 8 quarter hours of credit under ENG 7990 and prepare a thesis or, in the case of creative writing students, a work of imaginative literature, under the supervision of an advisor approved by the director of graduate studies in English. This thesis will be read and approved by the candidate’s committee, which will be chaired by the candidate’s thesis advisor.

How to apply: http://www.wright.edu/apply

Wright State University offers several scholarship opportunities to graduate students, including:
• Graduate assistantships
• Tuition scholarships
• Fellowships
• Stipends

Often these awards require the student to serve in an employment-like capacity for the awarding department or college in order to be eligible and maintain eligibility. Visit the website: https://www.wright.edu/raider-connect/financial-aid/graduate-scholarships

Visit the MA English page on the Wright State University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

An undergraduate major in English from an accredited college or university with a major average of 3.2 or better (on a 4.0 scale), or five appropriate upper-division courses in English with an average of 3.5 or better in those classes.

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