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:
- Social Media and Marketing Specialist
- 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.
Students applying to the M.A. in English program should review the admission requirements.
The Master of Arts Program in English consists of three primary areas in which students complete 33 semester hours. Students specify their area in the admissions process or during their first year:
- Literature (Thesis or Non-Thesis) (Check out the guidelines and reading list for the comprehensive exam for the non-thesis option.)
- Composition, Language and Rhetoric
- TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
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.