Master of Arts in English

Major: ENGL
Degree Awarded: MA
Unit: GA
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/english/graduate/master-of-arts-in-english.html

Program Information

Mission Statement

The M.A. in English provides graduate training in literatures written in English, creative writing, and rhetoric and composition. Goals for the M.A. are that students will 1) gain advanced knowledge of British, American, and other literary traditions, and 2) write a thesis or culminating project in which they initiate and complete specialized research addressing a significant question in literary studies or rhetoric and composition, or produce a significant body of creative work.

Admission Procedures

M.A. with Graduate Teaching Assistant application: Due January 5th

M.A. without Graduate Teaching Assistant application:

  • Fall Semester: Due July 15th
  • Spring Semester: Due December 1
  • Summer Semester: Due May 15

All applicants should submit:

  1. Online Graduate Application
  2. Complete official transcripts of all college level work
  3. Two academic letters of recommendation
  4. Score report on the Graduate Record Examination General Test (from within the last 5 years)
  5. Critical writing sample (~10 pages)
  6. International students must also submit reports of the TOEFL or IELTS examination
  7. Creative writing sample (optional and in addition to the critical writing sample)
  8. GTA Application (PDF) (January 5th deadline only)

Curriculum

The master of arts in English requires 30 credit hours of academic work at the graduate level. In addition to fulfilling the core requirements, students may take additional work in literary studies, creative writing, or rhetoric and composition. Students may take no more than three 500-level courses. Creative writing courses (including up to six credit hours of thesis guidance) may total no more than 15 credit hours. Students may count on elective outside the Department of English toward their degree upon approval by the director of graduate studies. Student must also demonstrate proficiency in one language other than English. Detailed requirement information can be found in the English Department Graduate Program Guidelines.

  • Thesis Option = 24 credit hours of coursework + 6 credit hours of thesis guidance
  • Non-Thesis Option = 30 credit hours of coursework + culminating project

Faculty

David R. Anderson

Associate Professor

S. Matthew Biberman

Professor

Dale B. Billingsley
Professor

Acting Executive Vice President and University Provost

Beth Boehm
Professor
Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies

Vice Provost for Graduate Affairs

Thomas B. Byers

Professor Emeritus

Karen M. Chandler

Associate Professor

Amy Clukey

Assistant Professor

Geoffrey A. Cross

Professor Emeritus

Julia C. Dietrich
Professor

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education

Lucy M. Freibert

Professor Emerita

Alan C. Golding

Professor

Susan M. Griffin
Professor

Distinguished University Scholar

Paul F. Griner

Professor

Karen C. Hadley

Professor

Dennis R. Hall

Professor Emeritus

Suzette A. Henke

Professor Emerita

Bruce M. Horner
Professor

Endowed Chair in Rhetoric and Composition

Timothy Johnson

Assistant Professor

Debra S. Journet

Professor Emerita

Karen Kopelson
Assistant Professor

University Distinguished Teaching Professor

Min-Zhan Lu

Professor Emerita

Deborah Lutz
Professor

Morton Chair

Carol J. Mattingly

Professor Emerita

Kristi Maxwell

Assistant Professor

Fran McDonald

Assistant Professor

Robert Miller

Professor Emeritus

Karen Mullen

Associate Professor Emerita

Andrea Olinger

Assistant Professor

Kiki Petrosino
Associate Professor

Director of Creative Writing

Andrew Rabin
Associate Professor

Vice Chair

Harold E. Richardson

Professor Emeritus

Mary Ellen Rickey

Professor Emerita

Glynis Ridley
Professor

Department Chair

Mary I. Rosner

Associate Professor

Susan M. Ryan

Associate Professor

Stephen Schneider
Associate Professor

Director of Graduate Studies

Mary P. Sheridan
Professor
Director of Thomas R. Watson International Conference on Rhetoric and Composition

Jeffrey T. Skinnery

Professor Emeritus

Hristomir Stanev
Assistant Professor

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Ian Stansel

Assistant Professor

Joseph Turner

Assistant Professor

A. Elizabeth Willey
Associate Professor

Director of Composition

Bronwyn T. Williams
Professor

Director of University Writing Center

Elaine O. Wise

Assistant Professor

Thomas A. Van

Professor Emeritus