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Master of Arts in English

The English Department at Salisbury University offers a variety of opportunities for students wishing to further their study in Composition and Rhetoric, Literature, and TESOL. While every graduate student’s experience ultimately depends on the energy, dedication and imagination a student devotes to their studies, Salisbury University’s Master of Arts in English program furnishes an environment in which the graduate experience can be intellectually challenging, highly productive and exceptionally rewarding.

Learn more about the Department of English, our faculty, and our course offerings.

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Application Deadlines

The Master of Arts in English admits to the fall and spring terms. Applicants wishing to be considered for a teaching assistantship will only be reviewed for fall admission and have a separate deadline.

Applications not seeking Teaching Assistantship

  • Fall Final: August 1st
  • Spring Final: January 1st

Applications for Teaching Assistant candidates

  • Priority Fall for Teaching Assistant candidates: January 15th
  • Final Fall for Teaching Assistant candidates: March 1st

Graduates of the MA in English program will:

  • be prepared for various occupations through further graduate work or entering the workforce
  • have knowledge of major primary texts and genres from different historical periods
  • understand the influential past and current theoretical perspectives of the field
  • know the prevalent means of communicating within and about the field
  • define and refine a long scholarly project with emphasis on work that can advance scholarly or pedagogical work in the field
  • synthesize the significant relevant scholarship on a question and situate findings within current scholarly or critical discussions
  • For a full list of outcomes, search for your program in SU's Academic Program Student Learning Outcomes database.

What Can I Do With This Degree?

Many of our master’s graduates pursue teaching and research careers and enter doctoral programs in English, while others go on to exceptional careers in writing, editing, business and publishing.

Graduates of the Master of Arts in English program have been admitted to Ph.D. programs at universities such as University of Connecticut, University of Missouri, The Ohio State University, and University of Illinois, typically with assistantships or fellowships upon entrance. Other master's graduates have continued to teach with enhanced knowledge and proficiency at K-12 schools, and in community colleges and universities in the Middle Atlantic region and beyond. Additionally, students may be interested in careers as editors, journalists, lobbyists, screenwriters, social media and marketing specialists, and television and radio producers.

Why Choose English at SU?

Our Master of Arts program is both rigorous 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 mentoring among master's candidates and faculty, ensuring personalized attention as students proceed through their chosen areas of study.

In addition, a limited number of teaching teaching assistantships are available, which include a $15,000 stipend and a tuition waiver in exchange for students’ teaching three sections each academic year of the English Department’s First Year Writing course, English 103: Composition and Research.

Master's students in English also have full access to student clubs, activities, and offerings (such as gym facilities and participating in Graduate Student Senate) as well as faculty privileges to the SU Libraries 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.