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The Master’s Degree


The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in English is designed for students who have shown an aptitude for sustained literary study, and who desire to pursue a more intensive and extensive academic training. The two-year M.A. program has five primary goals:

  1. to extend the student’s knowledge of the cultural, linguistic, and literary heritage of Great Britain, America, and other English-speaking lands;
  2. to introduce students to the critical and professional discourses of academics in literary and linguistic studies;
  3. to develop the student’s research, writing, and analytical skills, which are necessary for professional success;
  4. to provide professional training to prepare students to teach English at the post-secondary level;
  5. and to counsel students to craft their program of study to meet their professional and personal needs.

The M.A. program meets these goals by providing a rotation of courses in literature, linguistics, theory, and pedagogy that require extensive reading, writing, research, and oral presentations. With small classes, students receive individual attention from the faculty, which facilitates student progress. M.A. students are eligible for teaching assistantships within the English Department, which provide training in pedagogy.

The knowledge and skills that students acquire in the M.A. program provide the requisite foundation to pursue doctoral work in English, with the ultimate goal of becoming a professional scholar and academic at a post-secondary institution. The academic training provided by the M.A. also is applicable for careers in secondary education, professional writing, and editing.

More information can be found in the Graduate Student Handbook .

Application information for the Masters Degree can be found here.

For additional information about the M.A. Program, please contact:

Adam Komisaruk, M.A. Supervisor
Phone: 304-293-9724
Email: Adam.Komisaruk@mail.wvu.edu

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