English, Master of Arts

Degree Options available for Master of Arts in English

  • Option A: Thesis Option (36 Hours)
  • Option B: Examination Option (36 Hours)

Master of Arts in English

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in English at UNK offers students the opportunity to study literature; composition, rhetoric, and language; childhood and youth studies; and creative writing. Graduate courses are offered as seminars, workshops, and directed readings. Our M.A. serves active, in-service teachers who seek graduate credit or a graduate degree to deepen their knowledge and advance their careers; students who wish to pursue a Ph.D. in English; creative writers sharpening and refining their skills for publication or for an MFA program; and students planning careers in editing, publication, professional and technical writing, and business.

Admission Process

Departmental admission to the Graduate program is based on transcripts, a 1-2 page letter of interest, a 10 page writing sample, three letters of recommendation, and the appropriate application forms (including indication of desired degree option). The Graduate Committee of the Department of English will weigh (and in some circumstances waive) these documents in the best interest of the program and the applicant. A student interested in pursuing a degree program in English should:

  1. Meet the requirements for admission1 set by the Office of Graduate Studies,
  2. Submit an official undergraduate transcript to the Office of Graduate Studies showing at least 18 semester hours in upper division (300-400 level) courses in English Studies (literature, writing, linguistics, etc.).
  3. Submit an application to the Office of Graduate Studies,
  4. Submit a writing sample: the writing sample should be related to an aspect of English studies and 10 pages in length (for creative writing, 5 pages creative writing and 5 pages critical/analytical writing; for all other interest areas, 10 pages critical/analytical writing).
  5. Submit three letters of recommendation,
  6. Submit a 1-2 page letter of interest outlining motivation for post-graduate study at UNK, previous work in the discipline, particular English studies and/or literary interests, and educational goals.

Graduate College Degree Requirements

  1. A student's Program of Study must include at least half or more hours of 800-level courses.
  2. At the graduate level, credit/no credit courses must be a function of the course and not a choice of the student. Only 6 hours of credit/no credit courses may be applied toward a Master of Arts degree.
  3. Students must either complete a comprehensive examination or write a thesis, and the results must be filed with the Office of Graduate Studies at least four weeks before graduation date.

English Department Degree Requirements

At least half of the course work must be completed in non-P courses.

Offered by Department of English

MA in English (36 credit hours)

Core Classes9-12
Select 3 credit hours of US Literatue Colloquium
Colloquium: US Literature through 1855
Colloquium: US Literature 1855-Present
Select 3 credit hours of British Literature Colloquium
Colloquium: British Literature through 1700
Colloquium: British Literature: 1700-Present
Selet 3 credit hours of theory courses
Principles of Literary Criticism
Theory of Rhetoric and Composition
Critical Approaches to Children's Literature & Culture
Narrative Strategies
Poetic Strategies
Select 0-3 credit hours of ENG 805 (required if GA)
The Teaching of Composition
Focus12
Select 12 credit hours from ONE of the following focus areas:
Literature
Colloquium: World Literature
Literature of Puritanism and Early American Nationalism
Literature of Puritanism and Early American Nationalism
Literature of the American Renaissance
Literature of the American Renaissance
Literature of American Realism
Literature of American Realism
Modern American Literature
Modern American Literature
Contemporary American Literature
Contemporary American Literature
Literature of the Great Plains and American West
English Literature to 1500
English Literature to 1500
Literature of the English Renaissance
Literature of the English Renaissance
The Literature of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century
The Literature of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century
Literature of the Romantic Period
Literature of the Romantic Period
Literature of the Victorian Period
Literature of the Victorian Period
Modern British & Commonwealth Literature
Modern British and Commonwealth Literature
Contemporary British and Commonwealth Literature
Contemporary British and Commonwealth Literature
Directed Readings
Special Topics
Creative Writing
Poetry Writing
Poetry Writing
Fiction Writing
Fiction Writing
Creative Nonfiction
Prosody: The Music of Poetic Form
Colloquium: Creative Writing
Narrative Strategies
Poetic Strategies
Creative Writing Thesis Workshop
Directed Readings
Special Topics
Childhood Studies
Children's Literature
Children's Literature
Literature for Adolescents
Literature for Adolescents
Fairy Tales & Folklore
The Graphic Novel
Critical Approaches to Children's Literature & Culture
Directed Readings
Special Topics
Composition, Rhetoric, and Language
Descriptive Linguistics
History of the English Language
History of the English Language
The Teaching of Composition
English around the Globe
Theory of Rhetoric and Composition
Writing Seminar
Prosody: The Music of Poetic Form
Language & Composition in the Secondary School
Language and Composition in the Secondary School
Theory and Practice of Digital Rhetoric
Directed Readings
Special Topics
Electives6-15
Descriptive Linguistics
History of the English Language
History of the English Language
The Teaching of Composition
Principles of Literary Criticism
English around the Globe
Theory of Rhetoric and Composition
Writing Seminar
Poetry Writing
Poetry Writing
Fiction Writing
Fiction Writing
Creative Nonfiction
Prosody: The Music of Poetic Form
Colloquium: Creative Writing
Colloquium: World Literature
Children's Literature
Children's Literature
Literature for Adolescents
Literature for Adolescents
Literature of Puritanism and Early American Nationalism
Literature of Puritanism and Early American Nationalism
Literature of the American Renaissance
Literature of the American Renaissance
Literature of American Realism
Literature of American Realism
Modern American Literature
Modern American Literature
Contemporary American Literature
Contemporary American Literature
Literature of the Great Plains and American West
Colloquium: US Literature through 1855
Colloquium: US Literature 1855-Present
Fairy Tales & Folklore
The Graphic Novel
Critical Approaches to Children's Literature & Culture
American Environmental Literature and Theory
Global Environmental Literature and Theory
Language & Composition in the Secondary School
Language and Composition in the Secondary School
English Literature to 1500
English Literature to 1500
Literature of the English Renaissance
Literature of the English Renaissance
The Literature of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century
The Literature of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century
Literature of the Romantic Period
Literature of the Romantic Period
Literature of the Victorian Period
Literature of the Victorian Period
Modern British & Commonwealth Literature
Modern British and Commonwealth Literature
Contemporary British and Commonwealth Literature
Contemporary British and Commonwealth Literature
Colloquium: British Literature through 1700
Colloquium: British Literature: 1700-Present
Narrative Strategies
Poetic Strategies
Theory and Practice of Digital Rhetoric
Creative Writing Thesis Workshop
Directed Readings
Special Topics
Thesis0-6
Thesis
A comprehensive exam is required for students not completing a thesis