Appalachian’s Master of Arts program in English provides students with graduate education in the study of English, American and world literatures, language and cultures. The program offers students a broad knowledge of content in the discipline and helps them develop advanced proficiency in reading, writing, analysis and research skills, and teaching.
As a student, you will choose from one of three concentrations:
- General English (36 hours) – designed for those planning to pursue a Ph.D., but also prepares students for other pursuits.
- College Teaching (36 hours) – designed for those who would like to teach in community colleges or freshman/sophomore classes in four-year universities. This concentration emphasizes strong pedagogical preparation, including a teaching apprenticeship.
- Rhetoric and Composition (36 hours) – new in Fall 2017
Course titles and information can be found in the Graduate Bulletin at these links:
Required Entrance Exam:
GRE (score must be no more than 5 years old)
Required number of references to specify in the online form: 3
Supplemental Information: Resume (Required upload for application submission); writing sample and letter of intent (combine and upload in one document on the Additional Information page in the online application).
Basic Conditions for Consideration of Admission: Meeting or exceeding the conditions below does NOT guarantee admission. All applications for a given entry term will be weighed based upon the number of seats available and the quality of the complete application packages. With special permission from the Graduate School, a program may admit a limited number of students with exceptional circumstances who do not meet the graduate school minimums.
Graduate School: 3.0 GPA in the last earned degree and official scores from the appropriate admission test(s), OR 2.5 GPA in the last earned degree and official scores at the 25th percentile level from the appropriate admission test(s).
Admission to English: Both qualitative and quantitative aspects of applications are reviewed in comparison to the current applicant pool.
Doctoral and Terminal Degree Programs
Students have gone on to programs at these and other institutions:
Students have gone on to Ph.D. programs at:
- City University of New York
- Florida State University
- Iowa State University
- Michigan State University
- Miami University
- Syracuse University
- University of Arizona
- University of Georgia
- University of Kansas
- University of Kentucky
- University of Missouri
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- University of South Carolina
- University of Tennessee, Knoxville
- Virginia Commonwealth University
Graduates are working across the country and beyond:
- Alleghany County Schools
- American University of Beruit
- Beaufort Community College
- Caldwell County Schools
- Catawba Valley Community College
- Clemson University
- Coastal Community College
- Delaware State University
- Guilford Technical Community College
- Hadhramout University of Science and Technology
- Horry-Georgetown Technical College
- Indiana University at Pennsylvania
- Kingsport City Schools
- Mars Hill College
- Mayland Community College Foundation
- Norton Publishing
- Quatar University
- Radford University
- South Caldwell High School
- The Ohio State University
- University of Arkansas
- University of South Carolina
- University of North Carolina at Charlotte
- University of North Carolina at Greensboro
- University of West Florida
- Washington State University
- Wilkes County Schools
- Winthrop University
- Spring: 11/1
- Summer Session 1: 4/1
- Summer Session 2: 4/1
- Fall: 7/1 (3/1)
*See full deadline information below under Application Essentials.
- You will be part of a small cohort that historically has enjoyed strong camaraderie – with each other and the Department of English’s supportive faculty.
- The College Teaching concentration’s strong pedagogical approach is distinctive among English master’s degree programs.
- The program includes courses related to the geographic region, such as Appalachian Literature and Folklore.
- Teaching opportunities are available to all students after 18 hours of coursework. First-year students without 18 hours often work in the University Writing Center or as teaching and research assistants and in other areas such as Appalachian’s Learning Assistance Program.
- Most courses culminate in a paper that could be presented at professional conferences.
- Cold Mountain Review creative writing journal, Appalachian Journal and other professional publications housed at Appalachian offer work experience in writing, editing and editorial decision-making.
- This program offers accelerated admission for select Appalachian undergraduate students.
- All graduate programs at Appalachian have small class sizes, providing intimate classroom interaction.
- The School of Graduate Studies offers scholarships, fellowships and assistantships to support eligible, full-time, degree-seeking students.
Method of Delivery
- University professor
- Community college instructor
- High school teacher
- Program director
- Project manager
- ESL facilitator