Degrees Offered: Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.), Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)
Program Description: The M.A. degree in English offers a choice of three concentrations: Literature, Professional Writing, or Rhetoric and Composition. A total of 33 graduate English credit hours is required: 12 hour core, 9 hour concentration, and 12 hours in one of the following options
- Thesis Option: 6 hours of thesis and 6 hours of ENGL electives
- Portfolio or Writing Option: 3 hours of portfolio (ENGL 688) and 9 hours of ENGL electives
- Non-Thesis Option: 12 hours of ENGL electives
In addition to the coursework, all M.A. in English students must successfully pass written comprehensive examinations based on reading lists and/or content knowledge, which are specific to each concentration. For those writing a thesis or completing a portfolio or other writing option, a final oral defense is required. For reading lists, sample exams, and other information on the M.A. in English, see the current Guide to Graduate Studies in English, available in print and online.
M.A.Ed. applicants must hold or be eligible to hold a North Carolina Class A teaching license,
or a comparable license from another state, in the chosen field unless admission is
sought to certain programs in which licensure is not a factor.
M.A.T. applicants must have an undergraduate degree in the major of the concentration and must meet the prerequisite requirements of the department housing the concentration. Candidates with an undergraduate degree in a major other than the MAT concentration may not qualify for the MAT and are subject to prerequisite course requirements as determined by the faculty in the department of the concentration. Prerequisite requirements will vary by department and depend on the credentials presented by the candidate. Pending satisfactory completion of state-mandated licensure requirements, the program leads to a recommendation for an initial and advanced license from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
Location of Course Offerings: Cullowhee and Biltmore Park
- Graduate School Admission Requirements
- Program Admission Requirements
- GRE General Exam
- Three letters of recommendation from former instructors who are in a position to judge the applicant's aptitude for graduate study.
- Writing sample
- M.A.Ed. in Comprehensive Education - English, applicants must hold or be eligible for the North Carolina "A" license in English.
- A personal interview may be requested
- Applicants must have achieved an average grade of B or higher as defined by the major department in upper-level undergraduate courses in the major.
- Personal interview may be requested.
Application Deadline: None
Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Annette Debo
Department of English