English, MA

College of Liberal Arts

MA in English

The MA in English program offers students an innovative curriculum, a dynamic faculty, and many opportunities for professional development. Our graduates continue into Ph.D. programs, become faculty at two year colleges, work in industry or in government service, and serve as highly successful teachers in the public schools. Our combination of a challenging curriculum and personalized attention ensures that our graduates are ready for a wide variety of careers.

Domestic Students:

*Priority deadline to receive complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
April 1 November 1 April 15 May 15

Last deadline for receipt of complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
August 13 January 1 May 15 May 15

International Students:

Priority deadline to receive complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
April 1 September 1 N/A Not Offered

Last deadline for receipt of complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
May 1 November 1 N/A Not Offered

*Complete application should be received for full admissions and funding consideration 

Application requirements

Complete Application for Admission:
  • Apply for Admission via Apply Texas Application
  • An applicant may defer admission to an earlier/later semester. Applications are valid for one year. One deferral is allowed per application.
Application fee:
  • $50 for US citizen, $70 for International Students

Please Note: Applicants who wish to apply for a different program will be required to submit a new application. The application processing fee is required for each application submitted.


Application requirements specific to this program:

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate course work taken at any accredited college or University attended (Foreign College credits/transcripts require an official foreign evaluation. Please click here).  TAMU-CC transcript is not required.
  • Essay (500-1000 words) from the candidate addressed to the English Graduate Committee. This letter should introduce the candidate, describing: 
    • academic background
    • short and long-term professional goals
    • how graduate study in English at TAMU-CC may meet your personal or professional goals.
    • The candidate may also include details about background, language proficiency, and other personal information that may have influenced the decision to pursue graduate study or that relates to individual/career goals
  • A recent academic writing sample of at least 2000 words, which the applicant believes displays exemplary analytic and stylistic features.
  • Three letters of recommendation.

Admission to the program will be granted based upon undergraduate performance, writing ability, demonstrated commitment to professional goals, and other favorable indicators presented in the portfolio.

*Please allow 3-5 business days to receive a Student ID before submitting additional supporting documents.

Submit all supporting documents online.

Additional International Applicant Requirements

Application requirements for international applicants:

  • Copy of current Visa (if applicable)
  • English Language Proficiency. TAMUCC currently accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the last 2 years  :
    • Official TOEFL score minimum paper-based score of 550 or internet-based score of 79-80
    • Official IELTS score minimum 6.5


Core Requirements (9 semester hours):

ENGL 5301 Theory & Practice I: Literary Studies
ENGL 5303 Theory & Practice II: Writing Studies
Choose one of the following:
ENGL 5380 Seminar in Sociolinguistics
ENGL 5381 Introduction to Linguistics
ENGL 5385 Seminar in Applied Linguistics


Writing Studies & Literary Studies Requirements (12 semester hours)

All students must take 6 hours in the following Writing Studies Courses:
ENGL 5360   Evaluation and Diagnosis of Writing
ENGL 5361 Basic Writing Theory and Pedagogy
ENGL 5362 Computers and Writing
ENGL 5363 History of Rhetoric
ENGL 5364 Technical Writing Theory and Pedagogy
ENGL 5365 Community Literacy Theory and Pedagogy
ENGL 5369 Topics and Genres in Rhetoric and Composition
ENGL 5380 Seminar in Sociolinguistics
ENGL 5385 Seminar in Applied Linguistics
ENGL 5392 Practicum for Composition Instructors
All students must take 6 hours in the following Literary Studies Courses:
ENGL 5340 British Literature Before 1660
ENGL 5342 British Literature 1660- 1830
ENGL 5343 British Poetry and Fiction 1900-Present
ENGL 5344 British Literature 1830-1900
ENGL 5346 American Literature to 1865
ENGL 5347 American Literature 1865-1940
ENGL 5348 American Literature 1945-Present
ENGL 5349 Topics and Genres in Literature 


Elective and Thesis or Capstone Requirements (15 semester hours)

Thesis Option

  • Electives (9 semester hours)
  • ENGL 5390 - Thesis (3 semester hours taken twice in two separate semesters)

Capstone Option

  • Electives (12 semester hours)
  • Specialty Field Course (3 semester hours) *Students electing not to write a thesis will identify a course during their last two semesters of the program to serve as their Capstone experience (with the approval of the faculty of record)



In addition to the courses listed in Part 2, applicants can take electives in the courses below. 
9 hours of elective are required for Thesis and 12 hours for Capstone. 
ENGL 5375 Creative Writing
ENGL 5396 Individual Study
ENGL 5667 Workshop
For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the Business Office's website.

Additional Information

A limited number of scholarships and research assistantships are available to first-year students. Applications should be made directly to the Coordinator of English Graduate Studies in the form of a short letter that accompanies the candidate's admission portfolio.

English Graduate Student Handbook

If you'd like to learn more about the College of Liberal Arts, please visit our website

Contact for More Information:

Dr. Susan Garza