M.A. in English

The University of Louisville's Master's degree in English (Graduate Catalog Page) offers emphases in literary studies, creative writing, rhetoric and composition, and professional writing. Depending on the emphasis, the M.A. in English prepares students to go on to Ph.D. programs in literature, rhetoric and composition, or creative writing (or M.F.A. programs in creative writing); students may also work in business and industry. 


All M.A. students take core courses in literature and critical theory, but may take up to 15 credit hours of electives in literature, creative writing, rhetoric and composition, or linguistics. Internships are also available for those students interested in non-academic career paths. 


The department awards up to 10 Graduate Teaching Assistantships to our top M.A. applicants each year. M.A.GTAships run 10 months and offer tuition remission, insurance, and a stipend. GTAs will work for their first year in the University Writing Center and will teach introductory writing courses for the First-Year Composition program in their second year.

Professional Opportunities

Graduate students at The University of Louisville are also encouraged to pursue a range of professional opportunities. Such opportunities include the following GTA positions:

Other opportunities both within the department and through the university are circulated to graduate students as they become available. 


Connect with other English Graduate Students through our dynamic student led English Graduate Organization.

Obtain valuable skills and participate in professional development through the School of Interdisciplinary Studies PLAN workshops.

Enjoy a supportive and productive graduate experience through the School of Interdisciplinary Studies mentoring network.

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M.A. Application Instructions