Graduate Programs


As a graduate student in the English department, you'll find yourself at the heart of a vibrant intellectual community, diving deep into specialized areas of literature, theory, and writing. You'll study with distinguished scholars and engage in advanced research that breaks new ground. Whether you're exploring the works of Renaissance dramatists, modern novelists, or postcolonial writers, you'll have the chance to contribute to important academic conversations. Your course work and research will challenge and inspire you, pushing you to refine your analytical and critical thinking skills. As a member of this academic community, you'll also have opportunities to present your work at conferences, contribute to academic journals, and even teach undergraduate courses. The English department's graduate program is more than an educational experience—it's a stepping stone towards a successful academic career.

We have a small, but personalized, graduate program, admitting between 8-15 new students per year. This allows us to offer small graduate seminars, flexible course of study, and meaningful interactions between faculty and graduate students both inside and outside of class.

Our graduate students are strongly supported both in their academic studies and professional development, as evidenced by their conference presentations, grant awards, and publications. They also support each other academically and personally through workshops, poetry readings, and other social events.

The English Department offers two specializations for the Master of Arts degree (both options can be completed in person or online):

Our alumni teach in private and public secondary schools, colleges, universities, and English language institutes (in the U.S. and abroad), work in publishing, creative writing, the non-profit sector, and private industry.

They have also been accepted to many outstanding Ph.D and MFA programs, including Syracuse, Texas A & M, Florida State University, University of Houston, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Southern Illinois University, University of Rhode Island, Carnegie Mellon University, University of New Hampshire, University of Idaho, and Marquette University.

We welcome your inquiries. To find out more about our admission requirements and assistantships, send a request for information or contact us directly.

Dr. Christopher Schedler
Graduate Coordinator
MA Literary Studies & Teaching
509-963-3432

Katharine Whitcomb
Graduate Coordinator
MA Professional & Creative Writing
509-963-1530

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