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Master of Arts 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. While every graduate student’s experience ultimately depends on the energy, dedication and imagination a student devotes to their 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.

What Can I Do With This Degree?

The field is an open book for English graduates. Many of our master’s graduates pursue teaching and research careers and attend doctoral programs in English, while other English graduate students go on to careers in writing, editing, business and publishing.

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, 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.

A student who graduates with a master’s degree in English may become one of the following:

  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Lobbyist
  • Screenwriter
  • Social Media and Marketing Specialist
  • Teacher
  • Television and Radio Producer

Why Choose English at SU?

Our M.A. program is both competitive and nurturing. 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 are available, 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.

Graduate students in English also have full faculty privileges to the SU Libraries, housed in the Guerrieri Academic Commons, which include generous loan periods and interlibrary access to the entire catalog of University System of Maryland holdings.

Meet Jane – M.A. in English Student

Meet Jane – M.A. in English Student

Hear how Jane is able to pursue her love of reading, gain teaching experience and receive guidance from her professors to work towards a career in publishing.

Admission & Track Requirements

For details on admission, program policies as well as the requirements for each of the program's tracks, visit the University's catalog:

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Additional TESOL Programs

Beyond the M.A. program, we also offer three additional TESOL options:

Faculty with Real-World Experience

At SU, you can be assured that you are learning from masters of the craft. Our professors are active scholars in their fields and publish books, articles, essays and anthologies. They present their work at academic conferences, give readings across the country and are active in their communities. With the instruction of our faculty, SU English majors have won national fellowships.

Diversity is probably the most exciting thing about our graduate program. The flexibility of our offerings means that students with an M.A. in English from Salisbury go on to a variety of careers after graduation.
Christopher Vilmar, Ph.D. Department of English Faculty

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