MA in English

Earn your master of arts degree in English at TWU.

We boast a dedicated faculty and dynamic courses that will help you build your skills as a teacher, researcher and writer while you network with like-minded peers. Whether you want to take a course or two to reignite your passion, earn the 18 hours typically necessary for dual credit teaching, or increase your salary and improve your credentials, our master's degree is uniquely positioned to help you meet your goals.

Unlike many programs, we offer the flexibility of both online and traditional face-to-face classes so that you can choose a format that suits your lifestyle. Our on-campus courses run in three-hour blocks during the late afternoon and evening, perfect for working professionals. All classes are taught by faculty members who know your name and are invested in your education. Hallmarks of our program include flexibility in scheduling, a variety of degree options, high-quality curriculum, small class sizes and superior mentoring.

As part of the Department of Language, Culture & Gender Studies at TWU, we also collaborate closely with the Multicultural Gender and Women's Studies Program and offer a number of cross-listed courses. As a result, we often share students. Gender and Women's Studies students may also earn an MA in English, while our MA students can earn credit toward their degrees or toward the Graduate Certificate in Multicultural Gender and Women's Studies.

Career outlook

Our MA in English will prepare you for a career in education, writing, editing, journalism or communications. It will also provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary for you to pursue further graduate studies. Explore our doctoral degree in rhetoric.

Admission to the MA in English

Program Contact

Dundee Lackey, PhD
Graduate Program Coordinator

Application Deadlines

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Preferred deadlines are as follows:

Fall – July 1
Spring – November 1
Summer – March 1

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Applicants who lack the appropriate foundational degree in English, literature, writing, or rhetoric may be required to complete a deficiency plan prior to beginning graduate courses in English. Specific requirements depend on an individual student's undergraduate coursework in the discipline but may include 12-15 credit hours. Additional information on deficiency plans may be obtained from the Graduate Program Coordinator.
  • Minimum of a 3.0 grade point average on previous upper division and graduate work.

How to Apply

Students interested in applying to graduate programs in English and Rhetoric are encouraged to contact the Graduate Program Coordinator prior to applying. Writing samples and statements of purpose are of particular importance in the application process.

  1. Apply for admission to the TWU Graduate School.
  2. Applicants must email the following materials in PDF format to the program coordinator with the subject heading "(Full Name) - MA in English Application":
    • statement of purpose
    • academic writing sample of 10-15 pages (double-spaced)
  3. International students must score 600 on the TOEFL.
  4. Three academic or professional references should submit letters of recommendation as PDFs on institutional or organization letterhead directly to the program coordinator, Dr. Dundee Lackey, Recommenders should include applicant name and "MA in English" in the subject line.

Graduate Assistantships and Teaching Assistantships are competitive as they provide stipends and out-of-state tuition waivers. For best consideration, students are encouraged to apply for assistantships at the same time they apply to the program. Additional information about types of work available and expectations can be obtained from the Graduate Program Coordinator. Assistantship applications must be emailed to the department chair at A personal interview may be required for graduate students who are seeking an assistantship.

International student admission requirements

All students for whom an English proficiency test is required must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • TOEFL (paper-based): Score of 550 or higher
  • TOEFL (computer-based): Score of 213 or higher
  • TOEFL iBT: Score of 79 or higher
  • MELAB: Score of 80 or higher
  • IELTS: Score of 6.5 or higher

Scholarships and financial aid

There are a number of scholarships designated specifically for students within the TWU English, Rhetoric and Spanish Program. Explore our graduate and organizational scholarships.

To apply for financial aid, please visit the TWU Financial Aid website.

Need more information?

Contact graduate program coordinator Dundee Lackey, PhD, at to learn more about our master's program or:

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