The English Department offers a M.A. in English in three
concentrations: literature (thesis and non-thesis); composition,
language and rhetoric; and Teaching English to Speakers of Other
Languages/TESOL (additional coursework is required and available
for those seeking Maryland Certification in TESOL).
Applicants for the literature or composition options should
have a B.A. in English or 30 English credit hours. For the TESOL
option, other undergraduate backgrounds are considered. The
program is 33 hours consisting of classes typically offered in
the late afternoon or evening and can be completed in two years.
Teaching assistantships are available each year on a
competitive basis. Teaching assistantships include a stipend and
The M.A. in English program serves:
- Area teachers seeking to enhance their
skills and expertise;
- Students who wish to teach at community
colleges or small colleges where a Ph.D. is not
- Students who wish to continue their studies
in a Ph. D. program.