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

  1. 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.
  2. Minimum of a 3.0 grade point average on previous upper division and graduate work.
  3. Statement of purpose.
  4. Academic writing sample of 10-15 pages (double-spaced).
  5. Email addresses for three academic or professional references familiar with your academic capabilities, who can provide letters of recommendation to be requested through and submitted into the application.
  6. International students must score 600 on the TOEFL.

    Graduate Assistantships and Teaching Assistantships are available to students. 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. Visit Career Connections to search for assistantship opportunities, and apply through TWU Connect and Handshake. A personal interview may be required for graduate students who are seeking an assistantship.

    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.

    Graduate Admission

    Begin by reviewing your program's website to see if there are additional admission requirements and application deadlines prior to applying.  

    1. Apply online.
      Apply to Graduate Programs  via the TWU Online Graduate Application Portal following instructions below.  
    2. Submit transcripts to TWU.
      • Domestic Applicants must submit official transcripts for each college or university attended, both undergraduate and graduate. See the Information on Transcripts website for more details.
      • International Applicants are now required to provide an evaluation prepared by a NACES or AICE member evaluation service. International transcripts should not be sent directly to TWU. See the International Admissions website for more details.
    3. Submit Recommendation Requests
      If your program requires you to submit names for recommendations you will need to do it in the application.
    4. Pay the application fee.
      The $50 fee ($75 fee for International applicants), which applies to all new and returning applicants, can be paid by:
      1. Credit card - Pay Online through the application as the last step before submitting the application. The second portion of the application will not be available until the application fee has been received.
      2. Certified check or money order by mail or electronically - Payable to TWU, sent by mail to:
        TWU Admissions Processing, 304 Administration Drive, Suite 102, Denton, Texas 76204
        (include your full name and ID number).
      3. Cash (no personal checks) - Pay at the Bursar's Office. After paying, bring the receipt to Admissions Processing (down the hall in ACT).
      4. Fee Waivers - Graduate applicants who are certified McNair Scholars are eligible for a McNair Scholar Application Fee Waiver. TWU Alumni may be eligible for the Alumni Advantage Fee Waiver. Check your eligibility here: If eligible submit the request using the Application Fee Waiver Submission
      5. Following fee payment return to the application dashboard where supplemental application documents can be uploaded. The online application will list which documents are needed to fulfill the program admission requirements. You can also check the program's website.

    For more information or assistance with the application or graduate admissions, visit the Graduate Admissions website.

    Students who wish to apply for a Graduate Assistantship must meet the General Criteria for Appointment of Graduate Assistants

    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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