M.A. in English

The Department of English at the University of Louisville proudly offers a Master's degree in English. Our M.A. program offers advanced training in literary studies, with options for coursework in creative writing, rhetoric and composition, and professional writing. This program prepares our students to go on to a Ph.D. program in literary studies, rhetoric and composition, creative writing, cultural studies, or related fields. Completing our program will also prepare you for any career in writing, publishing, research, business, education, or non-profits. 

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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. Our acclaimed faculty teach a wide range of courses in literary studies, critical theory, rhetoric and composition, literacy, and new media. Click here for a listing of our graduate courses. Students who are interested in non-academic career paths can also gain course credit for a graduate internship

Career & Job Placement

Our recent M.A. graduates have gone on to pursue doctoral studies at such universities as the University of New Hampshire, the University of Pittsburgh, Rice University, and the University of Texas-Austin. Other graduates have gone on to careers in such fields as education and publishing. 


The department awards up to 10 Graduate Teaching Assistantships to our top M.A. applicants each year. For M.A. students, GTAships run 10 months and offer tuition remission, insurance, and a stipend. During their first year, GTAs gain valuable pedagogical experience as a consultant in the University Writing Center. During their second year, GTAs teach their own first-year writing courses in our Composition Program.

Professional Opportunities

We encourage our graduate students to pursue a range of professional opportunities, including the following GTA positions:

We will also notify our students of other opportunities within the department or the university as they become available. 


More information

To learn more about our M.A. program, get in touch with the director of graduate studies or go to the Graduate Program Catalog for more information.

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