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The Master of Arts (MA) in English at Morehead State University offers students a comprehensive overview of advanced literary study as well as courses in creative and technical writing and linguistics. The 33-hour program offers both a thesis and non-thesis option, as well as a full array of internet courses in all the major areas of English studies. Morehead State is one of the few accredited schools in the nation to offer a master's in English completely online, and it is the first in the region to support a virtual learning environment fully. Students who pursue their degree at Morehead State are offered both the flexibility of a self-paced distance learning program that is based on an adult model of education.

The department maintains a graduate English faculty who hold terminal degrees from a number of leading universities throughout the country. The size of the program assures careful, personal attention to student progress toward degree completion.


This program is offered online and at the Morehead campus.


  • MA in English
    • The MA in English includes both a thesis and non-thesis option. Students who qualify for the thesis option receive six credit hours that count as English electives upon the completion and successful defense of a critical or creative thesis.

Earn your master's degree online

As a regional institution serving a geographically isolated region, MSU has long made an investment in various forms of distance learning and currently offers a number of programs, including the Master of Arts (MA) in English, entirely online. Our online students build a solid background in English language and literature while benefiting from the flexibility of a virtual environment.

Program Requirements

  1. General admission to graduate study.
  2. Completion of an undergraduate major or minor in English.
  3. A minimum GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate English courses above the freshman level, to have included 12 credits of upper division English and American literature courses.
  4. One of the following:
  • A minimum score of 146 verbal section and 140 quantitative section of the GRE.
  • Students may circumvent taking the GRE and will be unconditionally admitted if, after completing 12 credit hours at MSU in English, which must include a required Major Author course, they achieve an MSU GPA of 3.75 or higher, with no grade lower than "B."
  • If a student fails to achieve a 3.75 after completing 12 credit hours at MSU in English, which must include a Major Author course, or if a student receives a grade lower than "B," they have the option of taking the GRE, and if the student then meets the MA in English program's GRE cut scores, they will be granted unconditional admission.



  1. Research Exam, taken in Major Author course (Competency 1)
  2. Embedded Course Documents (Competencies 4, 5, and 6)
  3. MA Exit Exam (Competencies 2 and 3)*
  4. Critical or Creative Thesis Defense (optional)

*The MA Exit Exam is a three hour essay exam offered twice yearly, in April and November. No student may take the examination more than twice.


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Career Opportunities

A degree in English prepares students for fields in which expert writing and reading skills are valued, such as creative arts, law, public relations, and publishing.

MSU's Career Services offers career planning, interview and resume preparation assistance, internship placement, and services to help you find a job after you graduate.

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