Master of Arts in English—Literary Studies and Teaching Specialization

About the Literary Studies and Teaching Specialization

Our MA in English Literature and Teaching is more than just an advanced academic program—it is a commitment to your future, focused on nurturing your passion for literature. Our program combines a deep exploration of literary works from diverse historical periods and cultural perspectives with innovative teaching methodologies. 

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Why Study Literary Studies and Teaching at CWU?

Embark on an enriching and fulfilling journey in English Literature and Teaching master’s degree, that will not only shape your career but also make a lasting impact on the lives of your future students. 

As part of the English department, you will be guided by accomplished faculty members who are not only dedicated scholars but also experienced teachers, passionate about helping you reach your full potential. By engaging in meaningful discussions, collaborative projects, and research, you will develop the skills needed to inspire and motivate the next generation of learners. 

Where is this program offered?  

How much does this program cost?  

Explore information on Cost, Aid, and Value to make an informed decision about investing in your education at CWU. 

Does CWU offer assistantships?

A limited number of teaching assistantships are available on a competitive basis for resident on-campus students. 

Find opportunities to fund your degree through the School of Graduate Studies and Research

Where can I find more information?

Please visit the CWU Academic Catalog for current information about admission requirements, course descriptions, learner outcomes, and credit information. 

Visit the School of Graduate Studies and Research for additional program eligibility information. 

Careers and Opportunities 

Graduates of our programs are equipped with advanced skills in literary analysis, critical thinking, communication, and pedagogy, which can be applied to many professional settings.  

  • Teaching: You can teach English, literature, or composition courses as an instructor in higher education. 
  • Writing and Editing: Consider applying your literary and writing skills in a career as a writer, editor, or content creator for various media outlets, publishing companies, or organizations. 
  • Research and Academia: You may choose to continue your studies and pursue a Ph.D. in English Literature or a related field, leading to careers in research, academia, or university-level teaching. 
  • Public Relations and Communications: The strong communication and analytical skills developed during your Master's program can be utilized in careers in public relations, corporate communications, or community outreach. 


A Wealth of Scholarships in English  

At Central Washington University, we believe that everyone deserves access to quality education, regardless of their financial background. View Department of English Scholarships today. 

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Additional Program Information

  • Admissions Requirements 

    In addition to the School of Graduate Studies and Research admission requirements, students applying to the Literary Studies & Teaching specialization must also submit: 

    • a 7-10 page writing sample of literary analysis (critical analysis of a literary work with reference to secondary works of literary criticism and/or literary theory). 
    Note: GRE scores are no longer required for admission and assistantship applications.

  • Program Options 
    Thesis Option (13 credits) 

    Students who choose the Thesis Option and who have the requisite GPA (see link below) may complete a research thesis. To prepare a thesis prospectus and complete their thesis, students must take two credits of English 596 (Individual Study) and six credits of English 700 (Thesis) with the chair of their thesis committee. Students will create, in conjunction with a three-member faculty thesis committee, an introduction and a reading list for their thesis that includes both texts central to their thesis and texts that contextualize their thesis within their chosen field of study. After completing their thesis, students must pass an oral exam administered by the committee over the thesis, introduction, and reading list. 

    • ENG 596 Individual Study for Prospectus (2) 
    • ENG 700 Master's Thesis (6) 
    • Approved Electives (5) 
    Exam Option (13 credits) 

    Students who choose the Exam Option create, in conjunction with a three-member faculty exam committee, an individualized reading list of the material covered in that student's coursework and must pass a comprehensive written examination developed by the committee over that material. To prepare for and complete the exam, they will take three credits of English 596 (Individual Study) with the chair of their exam committee. 

    • ENG 596: Individual Study for Exam (3) 
    • Approved Electives (10) 
    Portfolio Option (15 credits) 

    Students who choose the Portfolio Option may complete a publishable article-length paper or a multi-disciplinary writing project with the requisite GPA (see link below). A multi-disciplinary writing project requires dedicated preparation in literary analysis, research, and writing coursework and is not intended for primarily creative writing projects. Students completing a writing project must take two 400-level or 500-level writing courses (at least one in the genre of their proposed writing project). Students completing the Portfolio Option must take three credits of English 596 (Individual Study) with the chair of their paper/project committee and English 589 (Portfolio) 

    • ENG 596 Individual Study for Paper/Project (3) 
    • Approved Electives (10) 
    • ENG 589 Portfolio (2) 

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