The Master of Arts (MA) program in English literature from Wichita State equips students with the knowledge and skills for success in a diverse range of careers and is excellent preparation for further graduate study. You'll gain comprehensive knowledge of English and American Literature, skills in literary criticism and research, and have access to graduate teaching assistantships.

Learn how English is the right fit for you.

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Applied learning at Wichita State

At Wichita State, applied learning is everything. In fact, every degree we offer has a guaranteed applied learning or research experience built right into it equipping you with the relevant skills and experience to make you workforce ready before graduation.

Admission to the program

  • Be admitted into the WSU Grad School
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA in previous English courses
  • Submit a 500-word statement of purpose
  • Non-native English speakers must score at least 600 paper-based, or 100 internet-based on the TOEFL, or have an overall band score of 7.5 on the IELTS, or a score of 73 on the PTE-Academic

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There are three programs leading to the degree.

Plan A emphasizes literature, composition and pedagogy and consists of 33 credit hours. It is especially designed for teachers.

Plan B is a 30-credit-hour plan requiring a master's thesis. It places more emphasis on research, scholarly writing and the independent study of literature.

Plan C emphasizes a comprehensive and cohesive study of literature and requires 33 credit hours. It is designed for students who wish to pursue advanced study of literature through coursework


A degree in English from Wichita State will equip you with skills that lead to diverse career options in the public and private sectors—from advertising agencies and the film industry to non-profits and academia.

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