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English - MA

The Master of Arts 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 thesis and non-thesis options 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 fully support a virtual learning environment. 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 and the dynamic interaction between people in a traditional classroom setting. 

The department maintains a graduate English faculty of 16, holding terminal degrees from a number of leading universities throughout the country. The size of the program assures careful, personal attention to student progress toward their master's and into a job search or post-graduate work upon completion of the program. 


The program includes both thesis and non-thesis options.

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 in English, entirely online. Like our traditional program, the online program offers students a solid background in English language and literature, and it includes thesis and non - thesis options. The only difference between the degrees lies in method of delivery. Students who take courses online are offered the flexibility of a virtual environment. A student in the online program may include some face-to-face classes when feasible.

Program Requirements

Students must meet MSU's admission 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) A minimum score of 146 verbal section and 140 quantitative section of the GRE.
    b)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."
    c) 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 English MA program's GRE cut scores, they will be granted unconditional admission.

Assessments include:

  1. Research Exam, taken in Major Author course (competency 1)
  2. Embedded Course Documents (competencies 4, 5, and 6)
  3. *M.A. Exam (competencies 2 and 3)
  4. (Optional) Critical or Creative Thesis Defense

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

For a complete list of program requirements visit the graduate catalog website  or view this program's degree plan.

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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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