The Graduate Program in English
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The Graduate Program in English

The English Department at Salisbury University offers a variety of Master of Arts and post-baccalaureate opportunities for students wishing to further their study in a variety of fields. The program is large enough to offer high-quality instruction from faculty who are actively engaged in scholarship and publication, while, at the same time, small enough to promote collegiality among M.A. candidates and faculty and to ensure personalized attention as students proceed through their chosen areas of study. In addition, a limited number of Teaching Assistantships which include a stipend and a tuition waiver in exchange for students’ teaching three sections each academic year of the English Department’s freshman composition and research course.

Students pursuing the M.A. in English include:

  • Students intending to go on to Ph.D. programs,

  • Students who expect to teach at the junior or community college level, and

  • Secondary school teachers seeking to enhance their expertise and credentials.

Graduates of the M.A. in English program have been admitted to Ph.D. programs at such universities as Alabama, Carnegie Mellon, Catholic, Connecticut, George Washington, Marquette, Northeastern, Notre Dame, Purdue, SUNY-Binghamton, University of Maryland–College Park, and the University of North Carolina–Greensboro, typically with assistantships and/or fellowships upon entrance. Other graduates have continued to teach with enhanced knowledge and proficiency at regional K-12 schools; have secured teaching positions in community colleges and universities in the Middle Atlantic region and beyond, including, Chesapeake College, The Community College of Baltimore County, Jamestown Community College (NY), McDaniel College, Wor-Wic Community College and the University of Maryland–Eastern Shore; or have gone on to professional careers such as editing and publishing.

Graduate students in English have full faculty privileges at SU’s Blackwell Library, which include generous loan periods and interlibrary access to the entire USM catalog of (University System of Maryland) holdings.

While every graduate student’s experience ultimately depends on the energy, dedication and imagination which that student devotes to his or her studies, Salisbury University’s M.A. in English program furnishes an environment in which the graduate experience can be intellectually challenging, highly productive and exceptionally rewarding.