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Masters in English

The M.A. in English at ULL addresses the professional needs of a variety of students: those who plan to continue in a Ph.D. program, those who want to teach at the high school or college levels, and those who wish to acquire professional training in writing or research. All doctorates in English have a foundation in British and American language and literature, thus students receive a broad education in the discipline that prepares them for teaching, further research, and a diverse range of careers. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available.

M.A. students choose one of the following areas of concentration:

• Literary and Cultural Studies 
• Folklore 
• Linguistics
• Rhetoric & Composition
• Creative Writing
• Professional Writing
• TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

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Additional Application Materials

In addition to the general Graduate School Application Materials you must also submit the following materials:

  •     Curriculum Vitae with relevant academic and professional experience
  •     Critical Writing Sample with Academic Works Cited Page (10-20 pages)
  •     Creative Writing Sample (10-20 pages)
              •   For candidates interested in the Creative Writing concentration only. The genre of the piece should reflect your intended focus area; specify either fiction, poetry, drama, or creative non-fiction. (This document should be uploaded as either a part of or alongside your critical writing sample in your application portal.)
  •     GRE scores are optional, not required
  •     Statement of Purpose addressing the following points (1-2 pages):
    •     Your chosen concentration
    •     Your critical research interests and long-term plans for research
    •     Your creative writing interests, if applying to creative writing concentration
    •     Your alignment with faculty interests and/or University resources

If you are applying for funding, the Graduate Assistantship Application must be uploaded to your application portal or mailed directly to the Graduate School.

The following points are some other factors that the department looks for when making its admissions decisions. If possible, please discuss any of the following that apply:

  •     Teaching experience or other work experiences that will contribute to your success
  •     Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (in proposed research, service, teaching, work experience, or elsewhere)
  •     Collaborative, community-building, or leadership experience
  •     Evidence of perseverance, work ethic, or dedication

Application Deadline

Priority review for admissions and assistantship decisions for the fall semester are due by January 15. Please note that assistantship positions are competitive and are primarily distributed to those who complete their application by January 15. For information about the assistantship application, visit the Graduate School's funding information page.

Applications for admission and assistantships for the spring semester are due by November 1.


Incoming Students
Dr. Leah Orr
Phone: (337) 482-5462
Griffin Hall 228
Continuing Students

Dr. David Squires
Phone: (337) 482-5508
Griffin Hall 353

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