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Master of Arts in English


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An advanced degree in English enables you to sharpen your thinking, strengthen your reading skills , and hone your writing; in other words, it equips you with skills highly valued in the 21st century workplace. Our graduates are teachers, novelists, editors, PhD students, film producers, technical writers, attorneys, and communications professionals. What makes our program stand out is our dedicated faculty. We believe in the transformative power of writing and reading, and we want to help you find—and follow—your own intellectual path. Whether you’re a lifelong reader, a professional writer, a current English teacher, or an aspiring scholar, our Master’s program in English offers you a chance to discover your passion for the written word.

You can earn a Master’s degree in English in one of three emphases: creative writing, literature, or postsecondary teaching.

  • Writing: includes instruction in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, rhetoric, digital composition, genre
  • Literature: includes instruction in criticism, theory, American literature, British literature, world literature, specific authors, and genre
  • Postsecondary Teaching: includes instruction in rhetoric, composition theory, and pedagogical studies, as well as practicum and internship opportunities

Our small, seminar-style classes are offered in the evening and online through video conferencing, so you can earn your degree while you work--whether in Nashville or elsewhere. Our program is flexible so that you can fit earning your degree into your life. 


Admissions Questions? Contact Amy Hodge.



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