Location: Asheville, Cullowhee
App Deadline: Dec. 1, Aug. 1
Pre-Requisites: GRE Not Required
Time to Complete: 33 Hours, 24 Months
Multiple Concentrations Available
Join us at one of our upcoming virtual Graduate School Open House events on Zoom! You'll have the opportunity to learn more
about Western Carolina University, understand the Graduate School application process,
and meet key program representatives.
Virtual Open House
Thursday, November 2: 5-6:30pm
Join us at one of our upcoming virtual Graduate School Open House events on Zoom! You'll have the opportunity to learn more about Western Carolina University, understand the Graduate School application process, and meet key program representatives.
A Master of Arts in English helps students prepare for a host of professional careers, including community college teaching, writing and editing positions, research-intensive professions, law and library schools, professional or technical writing and doctoral programs.
Students take a broad array of classes and choose a concentration in one of four areas:
We are excited to announce that our Master of Arts (MA) in English program has new graduate tuition scholarships to award -- $5,000 per year for two years. Decisions are being made quickly, and we encourage students to apply soon! Interested students should contact Dr. Laura Wright, the Graduate Program Director (firstname.lastname@example.org or 828.227.3927) and apply at gradapply.wcu.edu.
As a graduate student in the program you will:
Students in our M.A. program receive individualized attention from our highly accomplished graduate faculty.
Classes are offered at both our campus in Cullowhee and in Asheville at Biltmore Park. Program specifics can be found in the Graduate Catalog.
For students holding graduate assistantships in English, our program often serves as a professional apprenticeship in teaching at the college level. However, graduate assistants can also work as research assistants with English faculty, as professional writers in a variety of university offices like the Coulter Faculty Commons or the Graduate School, or in other capacities. For those who want the teaching training, the typical path is to work as tutors in the Writing and Learning Commons (WaLC) during the first year, as well as observing a writing class each semester and taking ENGL 514 Teaching Writing, which is designed to provide both a theoretical base and practical pedagogical training. Usually in the second year, after completing eighteen hours of graduate English coursework, students gain classroom experience by teaching their own writing class under the mentorship of an experienced instructor.
Graduate Assistants are required to take nine hours per semester (except for their final semester, in which they take six). The assistantship is a 20-hour/week commitment.
For more information on scholarships, tuition waivers, grants, fellowships, and awards, see the Graduate School's "Tuition and Funding."
MA in English Studies students are required to take Comprehensive Exams or write a MA thesis. MAEd in English Studies students are required to take comprehensive exams and do not write a thesis.
The English Graduate Student Organization (EGSO) was founded in 2021 based on the need of current graduate students for more peer-based support during their time in the program. Our purpose is to provide academic, professional, and social support to all English graduate students at WCU. In our inaugural year, we plan to acomplish these goals through events geared towards students' social, academic, and professional development, student outreach, a peer mentorship program, and a publication which highlights our students' written work. Through regular EGSO meetings and EGSO sponsored "happy hour" social events, we hope to encourage our graduate students to get to know one another and lean on each other for support during their time in the program. Our 2022-2023 graduate student officers are: McKenzie Twine (President), Emily Poole (Vice President), Faith Dillard (Academic Chair), Joseph Wheeler (Social Chair), Kyle Ratsch (Professional Development Chair), and Emma Hamilton / Meghan Harrison (Co Editors-in-Chief). Our 2022-2023 faculty sponsor is Dr. Laura Wright. We are pleased to welcome all current and former English graduate students as members! Please reach out to any officer should you have questions.