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Master of Arts in:

English

The Kutztown University Master of Arts in English offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of such forms of expression as literature, film, digital media, creative writing, journalism, theory, rhetoric, composition, and cultural studies. Designed to serve teachers seeking advanced credentials, writers aiming to hone their craft, and scholars hoping to enter doctorate programs, the KU M.A. in English offers a rigorous program that is convenient to the busy schedules of our diverse community.

At KU, we're serious about teaching. Working at the intersections of several disciplines, our graduate faculty bring experience, initiative and innovation to an expanding array of courses. As a master's candidate, you'll work closely with faculty to coordinate coursework that suits your needs. You'll be encouraged to make connections among your courses and bring real-world insight to your studies. Courses are offered at convenient times, and you'll have the flexibility to pursue either a thesis or a portfolio to complete your degree.

Through the study of writing, literature, culture, and media, the M.A. in English at KU prepares students for success on their terms. Students have the flexibility to:

  • Build a broad knowledge of literature, culture, and theory;
  • Cultivate essential skills in analysis and advanced critical judgment;
  • Master the craft of inquiry and research;
  • Hone writing and communication skills;
  • Bridge disciplines and practice critical reading and writing strategies;
  • Develop advanced pedagogical techniques;
  • Prepare for further graduate studies;

The Master of Arts degree builds on three required courses intended to provide a foundation for advanced study of English:

  • English 502-Introduction to Graduate Study in English explores both the opportunities and the challenges of careers in writing, teaching, and scholarship.
  • English 575-Literary Criticism examines the questions and problematic assumptions readers bring to texts.
  • The Pre-1900 requirement offers a variety of courses intended to ground students in the deep history of English language and literature.
For the remainder of their coursework, students select from 38 regularly offered classes in an array of exciting subjects. Students are welcome to include three hours of coursework from a discipline outside English Studies.

Shaping their program of study to their needs, students choose between 400-level surveys and 500-level seminars. Our 400-level foundations classes are designed to either broaden students' exposure to key literary fields or hone skills in writing and pedagogy. In these classes, graduate students work alongside advanced undergraduates. By contrast, 500-level seminar courses are planned to bring students into deep examination of defined subjects. These courses emphasize sustained inquiry and culminate in significant writing projects.

Graduating students will complete either a thesis or a capstone portfolio. Continuing a proud tradition, the thesis is a polished intellectual accomplishment showing mastery of a subject. By demonstrating a student's command of both primary material and the critical history, the thesis is ideal for students who intend to pursue advanced graduate study in a doctoral program.

Alternatively, the portfolio option asks students to identify and reflect critically on the intellectual connections between projects composed for previous classes and revise those projects substantially. While this option may serve students set on doctoral study, it is an ideal complement for teachers and writers because it allows students to define their scholarly identity while they extend their studies. Whether choosing the thesis or the portfolio option, a student will work closely with a team of faculty mentors who will oversee the scholarship and help the student navigate the research and writing process.
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Admission Requirements

Along with the standard application form, the admissions committee would like to see supplementary material supporting your application. Submit application materials directly to the graduate admissions office. Please include in your application dossier:

• A brief statement of purpose
• A short writing sample
• Three letters of recommendation
• Academic transcripts
• GRE scores (optional)

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