• Master of Arts in English

    The Master of Arts in English program at Worcester State University helps you expand your literary knowledge and further develop your critical research and writing skills.

    With courses available in the late afternoons and evenings as well as online, our program offers working students like you a flexible schedule. Our rolling admissions process allows you to start your studies at a time that’s right for you. With the possibility of transferring up to 12 credits of graduate work, the WSU master’s degree program in English is also an exceptional value.

    Our courses cover a range of topics, from literature and literary theory to writing theory and teaching to research methods. In fact, research is an integral component of our program, and we encourage you to turn seminar papers into conference papers and articles. In recent years, our students have presented their work at a variety of conferences. You may also have the opportunity to pursue a graduate assistantship in WSU’s Writing Center and at our online scholarly journal, Currents in Teaching and Learning, or our online news and literary magazine, The New Worcester Spy. After completion of your coursework, you either take 2 area exams or research and write a thesis, which is a book-length study of some area of literature, literary theory, or rhetoric.

    While many of our students have continued their studies beyond the master’s level, others have found great success as English teachers in public schools across the state. In fact, our program is well-suited for English teachers who need a master’s degree to complete the final step in obtaining professional educator licensure in Massachusetts.

  • Admissions Requirements

    In addition to the general admission requirements, applicants to the Master of Arts in English must have either earned an undergraduate degree in English or completed at least 18 semester credit hours of English courses, not counting first-year English composition classes or English for English Language Learners, at an accredited institution of higher education.

    Applicants without undergraduate training in the English discipline are strongly advised to take survey courses in American and English literature and a course in undergraduate literary theory as part of the required 18 undergraduate credits.

    Transfer credits may include coursework taken at Worcester State University prior to matriculation.

    Program of Study

    English Foundation Courses

    • EN 901 Methods of Graduate Research (3 credits)
    • EN 902 Approaches to the Literary Experience (3 credits)

    English Elective Courses
    Students will select, with the approval of a graduate advisor, 21 credits from the graduate English courses listed in the catalog.

    Additional Electives
    Students will select, with the approval of a graduate advisor, 6 graduate credits in English or another area.

    Thesis/Exam Option

    Upon completion of their course work, candidates must successfully fulfill a last requirement in the form of either two substantial area examinations or a thesis. While the general focus of the examinations and the thesis must deal with literature and/or rhetoric, the individual student and his or her advisor together will decide on the specific subject(s) to be explored.

    Thesis option EN 999 is a 3-credit option in place of an elective course.

    Total Credits: 33