The MA in English Literature
About Our Program
The Master of Arts (MA) program in English Literature equips graduate students with the knowledge and skills necessary both to the outstanding teacher and to the well-prepared candidate for further graduate study while providing for personal and professional enrichment through advanced study of literature. Master's candidates follow a course of advanced study that leads to a comprehensive knowledge of English and American literature. Candidates are also given training in the principles of literary criticism and in the use of bibliographic tools so that they will have a general competence in criticism and research. In addition to our 30-hour degree program, we offer a 12-hour graduate certificate in English Literature and Composition Pedagogy that can be completed online. BA students can also pursue the master's degree in our dual/accelerated bachelor's to master's degree program.
Our graduate program has been a leader in developing innovative and interdisciplinary courses that target the changing career needs of our student body. We provide enrolled students with expansive experiential learning opportunities to further their education through co-operative internships (including an internship with Dzanc Publishers), research assistantships, and mentorship programs. Recent graduates have found success as media designers, high school teachers, PhD candidates, and community college faculty, among other career paths.
The English department at Wichita State University boasts a broad and flexible program of courses that are central to a liberal arts education. Our curriculum regularly offers traditional and online courses in British and American literature, major authors, the genres of drama, poetry, and fiction, image literacy in film and graphic novels, publishing, teaching practicums, digital humanities, professional, technical, and scientific writing, linguistics, and many more!
"Pursuing a Master’s degree in English has been the best thing I have done for my career as a teacher. Because of the program and the English department at WSU, I’ve become a more conscientious teacher, reader, and writer. The professors have allowed me the freedom and flexibility to apply the content knowledge to my own craft of teaching, which has benefitted my students directly."
-Becky Timberlake, high school teacher, 2018