Program Description

The Master of Arts in English: Composition & Communication centers on theory and practice related to producing and teaching various forms of nonfiction writing. Our flexible program accommodates current and future teachers (secondary and post-secondary) and professional writers and editors as well as those who want to pursue doctoral studies in rhetoric & composition and/or other writing-related fields.

Research Opportunities and Assistantships

The English Department offers a number of graduate assistantships to qualified students who wish to gain teaching experience. Graduate assistants either teach two sections of ENG 101: Freshman Composition (6 semester hours), assist in the Writing Center, or teach in the TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) program. All graduate assistants receive a tuition waiver and a stipend.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the English Composition and Communication program requires:

  • a bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited university
    (major or minor in English strongly recommended);
  • a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0;
  • a writing sample of at least 1,500 words;
  • a cover letter describing the context of your writing sample; and
  • for applicants whose native language is not English, a TOEFL score of 550 and a TWE of at least 5 or a MELAB of 85 are required.

Students with undergraduate degrees in other fields will be considered, but may be subject to conditional acceptance.

Application Deadlines

The application deadline for fall admission is February 15.
The application deadline for spring admission is November 15.

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Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of course work with at least 15 of the total semester hours at or above the 600 level. At the advisor's discretion, up to six hours from other departments may be included.

In addition to the 30 credits hours required, students also will pass a comprehensive examination and complete a Plan B research paper. 

Career Outlook

For More Information

Dr. Darrin Doyle
Director of Graduate Programs
Anspach 301E

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