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Master of Arts in English

Our Program

Are you looking for a place to read, write, and think at a higher level?

The Master of Arts in English program at Eastern Kentucky University offers a broad, challenging curriculum designed to prepare you for professional careers and educational environments that demand critical writing and thinking. We encourage our students to investigate and expand their knowledge of a wide range of topics and to participate actively in professional growth and development opportunities.

At EKU, you’ll benefit from

  • supportive faculty
  • small seminars scheduled at convenient times
  • one-to-one mentoring and advising

Admission Requirements

In addition to fulfilling the admission requirements of the Graduate School, you’ll need to meet the following criteria for admission to our program:

  • An undergraduate major or minor in English, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in upper-division English courses.
  • GRE General Test scores of 150 or higher on the verbal section and 4.0 or higher on the analytical writing section. Applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, or 3.25 or higher in their last 60 hours of undergraduate work are exempt from the GRE requirement.

Program Requirements

The Master of Arts program requires 30 hours of graduate credit in English. In our program, you’ll

  • take core courses in composition theory, literature and literary theory, language studies, and research methods;
  • choose electives from a wide range of course offerings;
  • design and complete a faculty-mentored scholarly project; and
  • demonstrate the knowledge you’ve acquired in a written comprehensive examination at the end of your studies

Check out our degree requirements or request more information on our M.A. in English by contacting our Program Coordinator:

Dr. Gerald Nachtwey
Office: 491 Case Annex
Phone: 859-622-3183
Fax: 859-622-3156

Financial Support

Competitively awarded graduate assistantships provide outstanding students with financial support and valuable professional experience as consultants in the cutting-edge Noel Studio for Academic Creativity. Depending on the needs of the Department, qualifying graduate assistants may be assigned to teach a developmental reading or writing course. Graduate assistantships currently carry a stipend of $10, 850 for the academic year (two semesters) plus six hours’ tuition waiver per semester.

Interested in an assistantship? Submit the following additional application materials:

  • three letters of recommendation stating qualifications for work in the Noel Studio as a consultant (and perhaps to teach a developmental English course);
  • a writing sample (researched critical essay); and
  • a completed application in the EKU Online Employment System. (For information about completing this step, please contact the Program Coordinator.)

Send letters of recommendation and writing sample to:

Dr. Gerald Nachtwey
MA Program Coordinator
Department of English and Theatre
Eastern Kentucky University
Case Annex 467
521 Lancaster Avenue
Richmond, KY 40475

Decisions on graduate assistantships are usually made in April for the Fall Semester and November for the Spring Semester. You must have a complete file to be considered for an assistantship.

Eastern Kentucky University also awards a number of minority fellowships and scholarships to qualifying applicants. For information, consult the Graduate School.

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