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Program Overview

The Master of Arts in English program furthers the education and advances the professional skills of teachers in high schools and middle schools; prepares students for doctoral programs in English studies, American studies, and composition; prepares students for employment in community colleges as teachers of composition; and provides opportunities for individuals to broaden their understanding of literature.

The English Department requires that a candidate have a bachelor's degree with at least 18 hours in English above the freshman level, 12 of which must be in literature. During the first year of graduate study, all students must take English 5000, Introduction to Graduate Study in English.

The MA requires at least 36 hours of graduate credit of which 24 must be in 5000-level courses. Twelve hours may be taken in 4000-level courses approved by the department and Graduate School. Students may select one or both of two offered concentrations areas: literature and/or writing studies/composition. Additionally, students may elect the thesis option, which requires a total of 6 hours of thesis credit. The thesis will engage the student in sustained and self-motivated study through the processes of research, conferring with advisors, drafting and revising text. 

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What UMSL Arts & Sciences has to offer

The College of Arts and Sciences at UMSL creates the next poets, conservation biologists, symphony soloists, psychological scientists, historians, criminologists, chemists, sculptors, painters, communicators, space explorers and speakers of French, German, Japanese and Spanish. With nearly 4,000 undergraduate students, 800 graduate students and 450 faculty, it’s the largest college and academic backbone of the university.

Supporting the university’s mission, the college provides a diverse student body access to an affordable, quality education with expert faculty. A strong focus on research and scholarship has students exploring the latest thought and theory, while giving them access to ground-breaking studies through undergraduate and graduate research opportunities. Emphasis on the arts and sciences working in communion leads to graduates with a holistic understanding of their fields, creating the best scholars for academia and professionals for the world.

The College of Arts and Sciences consists of some 275 full-time faculty members in 18 departments and is home to the School of Fine and Performing Arts. The college offers a wide range of degree programs in areas such as Anthropology, Art and Design, Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Biology, Chemistry, Communication and Media, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Economics, English, Languages and Cultural Studies, History, Mathematics and Computer Science, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Political Science, Psychological Sciences, Sociology, and Theatre and Cinema Arts.

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