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Master of Arts in English

You may choose to specialize in one of the three concentrations within English Studies: Literary and Cultural Studies, Writing and Rhetoric, or TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).

Whether you are a full- or part-time student, our master's degree program is designed to prepare you for professional success. Many of our students go on to successfully complete a Ph.D., and others refine their skills for professional development and advancement.

You will take a balanced program of courses to thoroughly prepare you for the next stage in your career.

Recent graduates have continued on to Ph.D programs in Literature and Rhetoric and Composition at institutions including Ball State, Bowling Green, Florida State, Kent State, Illinois State, Indiana University-Pennsylvania, Marquette, New Mexico, Ohio University, Southern Illinois-Carbondale, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and the University of Kentucky.

Recent Creative Writing students have gone to complete the MFA at the University of Cincinnati and Bowling Green State University.

Since 2012, graduate students have presented over 40 conference papers at national, regional, and state conferences including CCCC's, RNF and College English Association of Ohio, among many others.

Applicants to the English program should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  1. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  3. A personal statement. 
  4. A writing sample of 8-10 pages (or the combined equivalent thereof if you do not have a paper of this length) that preferably contains a thesis-driven argument.
  5. Teaching Concentration Only: a copy of current teaching license or an official letter from current school principal indicating that you are a full-time teacher.

Additional requirements apply for international students.

Academic Requirements:
Students seeking admission must have completed studies in English and American literature, writing or both that will enable them to pursue graduate studies with distinction. Ordinarily, students will have completed 24 semester hours in literature, composition or both beyond the 100 level with a grade-point average of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

There are two application deadlines each year:

  • Dec. 15 (for anyone who wishes to be considered for a teaching assistantship)
  • June 15

For more information, please contact the director of the graduate program in English, Tereza Szeghi

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Department of English

300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1520