M.A.in English

The Department offers graduate studies leading to the Master of Arts in English with concentrations in American Literature, British Literature, Professional Writing, and Teaching, all of which prepare students for careers in teaching, writing, and a wide variety of professional fields or further graduate study leading to the doctorate. Students in the residency program study must complete 36 hours of graduate coursework, three of which may be thesis work. (Students with foreign language proficiency complete 30 hours.) Late afternoon and evening courses are available.


The Master of Arts program features advanced study in British and American literature, as well as professional writing and editing.  The program requires students to complete one of four areas of concentration.

American LiteratureAmerican Literature
This concentration enriches the student’s understanding of a national literature and can serve as a stepping stone for a Ph.D. in literary studies.

British LiteratureBritish Literature
Like the American Literature concentration, British Literature gives students an understanding of the national literature and preparation for a doctorate.

Professional WritingProfessional Writing
The Professional Writing concentration accommodates those who plan to pursue careers outside education in professional or creative writing.

The Teaching concentration is designed for those who wish to teach at the community college level and for elementary and secondary school teachers.

Degree Requirements
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Many M.A. students work off-campus and pursue degrees part-time by taking courses in the late afternoon and evening. Some online courses might be available. Most students hold undergraduate degrees in English, but students with degrees in other fields may be admitted upon condition that they take additional coursework to provide sufficient background.


The Master of Arts program is sufficiently flexible to accommodate a range of academic interests and to help prepare students for several different career paths. Our graduates have gone on to choose one of four options: to pursue the doctoral degree; to teach in secondary schools, junior colleges, colleges, and universities; to undertake further professional training, such as in law or library science; or to work as professional or technical writers.

What Our Graduates Are Doing Now

  • Pursuing Ph.D.’s in a variety of fields at universities such as the University of Mississippi, Ohio State University, Miami University in Florida, Oxford University, Loyola University at Chicago, Bowling Green State University, University of Houston, and many others.
  • Teaching at local high schools (such as McGehee, Ben Franklin, Jesuit, Rummel, and Cabrini) and local colleges (such as Nicholls State, Dillard, Delgado, and Southeastern).
  • Working as technical writers, journalists, educational administrators, freelance writers and editors, and marketing professionals.