Master of Arts in English

An ideal graduate program for working professionals

IU Southeast’s in-person Master of Arts in English provides broad training in the primary areas of English studies in a flexible format.

In this program, you will:

  • Explore the core principles of writing and literature pedagogy.
  • Study the linguistic structure and history of English literature.
  • Learn a wide variety of reading strategies associated with genre and close reading.
  • Gain skills and knowledge to conduct research.
  • Develop analytical and presentation skills through the focused study of literature in a seminar format.
  • Acquire an appreciation of current trends in the field of digital humanities.

The program is designed to be completed in 12 to 16 months, and is ideal for working professionals in local high schools and community colleges who need further training to satisfy Higher Learning Commission (HLC) teacher qualification standards.

Degree information

30 Credit hours
Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

For information specific to you and your situation, meet with your academic advisor and find your ideal pathway to complete your degree on time.

The Master of Arts in English requires 30 credit hours for completion. A full-time student could complete the program in 12 to 16 months.

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise noted.


History of English studies and methods
Choose one course

  • ENG-D 511 - Introduction to English Studies
  • ENG-W 509 - Intro to Writing and Literacy Studies
  • ENG-L 506 - Intro to Methods of Criticism and Research

Theories of rhetoric, literary criticism, expression
Choose two courses

  • ENG-L 605 - Critical and Interpretive Theory
  • ENG-W 602 - Contemporary Theories of Rhetoric and Composition
  • ENG-W 601 - Development of Rhetoric and Composition

Application of theories: Research methods, workplace communication, assessment
Choose one course

  • ENG-R 546 - Rhetoric and Public Culture
  • ENG-L 509 - Practicum on Critical Writing
  • ENG-W 620 - Argumentative Writing
  • One professional/technical writing course of some kind

Pedagogy: Teaching of literature, creative writing, or composition
Choose two courses

  • ENG-W 500 - Teaching Composition: Issues and Approaches
  • ENG-W 508 - Graduate Creative Writing for Teachers
  • ENG-L 503 - Teaching of Literature in College

Topics courses (theory, writing, literature)
Choose as many as needed to fulfill degree credit requirements

  • ENG-L 553 - Studies in Literature (Repeatable as needed, different topics)
  • ENG-W 600 - Topics in Rhetoric and Composition (Repeatable as needed, different topics)
  • ENG-W 664 - Topics in Current Literature
  • ENG-W 511 - Writing Fiction and/or ENG W513 Writing Poetry

Independent Study Option
Independent study for further developing a project

  • ENG-W 609 - Directed Writing Projects (1-3 credit hours—repeatable as needed)

Students develop their own projects

  • ENG-D 611 – Practicum in English Studies

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While IU Southeast’s Master of Arts in English program is intended for working professionals in local high schools and community colleges, it is also useful for other professionals in fields that value critical analysis, strong communication skills and clarity of expression, such as:

  • HR specialists
  • Professional and technical writers
  • Corporate trainers

This program enables students to get a jump on economic trends in the region.

According to Projections Central, Indiana can expect to see a 4.6% growth in demand for post-secondary English language and literature instructors through 2028. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a rising demand for both post-secondary teachers and instructional coordinators.

Have questions or want more information? Contact us!

Gregory Roberts M.A.

Gregory Roberts M.A.

Assistant to the Dean, School of Arts and Letters
Lead Academic Advisor, School of Arts & Letters
BAS & BIS Coordinator – Applied Science

Knobview Hall 110U
(812) 941-2584

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