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The English, Speech, and Foreign Languages Department at Texas Woman's University offers a Masters of Arts Degree in English. 

We boast an energetic faculty and exciting courses to help you build on your skills as a teacher, researcher, and writer while networking with likeminded others. Whether you want to take a course or two to reignite your passion, earn the eighteen hours typically necessary for dual credit teaching, or earn the MA to increase your salary and improve your credentials, ESFL is uniquely positioned to help you meet your goals.

Unlike many programs, we offer the flexibility of both online and traditional face-to-face classes so that students can choose the types of classes that work best for them. And, we schedule classes for working professionals. In addition to offering fully online and hybrid classes, our face-to-face graduate courses on the Denton campus run in three-hour blocks in the late afternoon and in the evening. All classes are taught by faculty members who know your name and are invested in your education. Hallmarks of our program include flexibility in scheduling and degree options, high quality small classes, and superior mentoring.

For more information, contact Program Coordinator Dr. Dundee Lackey at

Guidelines and Requirements

  • A master's student must maintain a 3.0 GPA
  • Up to 6 semester transfer hours (with a 'B' or better) may be applied to the MA in English

There are three options at this time for completion of an MA in English at TWU:

Option I: Thesis

  • 24 hours of coursework (minor option: 6 hours may contribute to a chosen minor)
  • 6 hours for thesis
  • 2-hour oral exam

Option II: Professional Paper

  • 33 hours of coursework (minor option: 6-9 hours may contribute to a chosen minor)
  • 3 hours for professional paper
  • 3 hour written comprehensive examination

Option III: Course Work

  • 36 hours of coursework (minor option: 6-9 hours may contribute to a chosen minor)
  • 3-hour written comprehensive examination

Additional Requirements

ENG 5083, Bibliography and Research Methods

Research Tools

M.A. candidates can choose two of the following options (may choose the same option twice).

  • 6 credit hours of graduate or 12 hours of undergraduate courses in the same foreign language or equivalency examination.*
  • 6 credit hours of graduate-level American Sign Language or equivalency examination.
  • 6 credit hours of graduate-level computer science
  • 6 credit hours of graduate-level library science**
  • 6 hours of graduate-level English courses (see list below)

*See department for information on equivalency examination
**Library Science classes include only those concerning collections, information retrieval, and other research courses.

English courses include:

ENG 5083 Bibliography and Research Methods*
ENG 5713 Old and Middle English Language and Literature
ENG 5283 Studies in Literary Criticism
ENG 5343 Rhetoric and Composition: Theory and Practice*
ENG 5353 Rhetoric and Composition: Theory and Pedagogy of Electronic Texts*
ENG 5373 Professional and Academic Communication
ENG 6083 Research Methods in Rhetoric and Composition
ENG 6313 Studies in Rhetorical Criticism and Discourse Analysis*

Courses above with asterisks may be repeated when the specific topic of investigation varies.

Students must receive a "B" or better in all research tools.

English courses taken as research tools will count towards the 90 hours of the degree; however, other courses (foreign language, computer science, and library science) will not count towards the 90 hours of the degree major. This information can also be found in the current Graduate Catalog.

International Student Admission Requirement

Effective with admissions for the Fall 2011 semester, provisional admission based upon the need for English proficiency will no longer be allowed. Rather, all students for whom an English proficiency test is required must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • TOEFL (paper-based): Score of 550 or higher
  • TOEFL (computer-based): Score of 213 or higher
  • TOEFL iBT: Score of 79 or higher
  • MELAB: Score of 80 or higher
  • IELTS: Score of 6.5 or higher
  • GRE: Verbal score of 500 or higher

M.A. in English forms

Sigma Tau Delta

International English Honor Society
Beta Epsilon Chapter

Sigma Tau Delta's central purpose is to confer distinction upon outstanding students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Sigma Tau Delta also recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature. Eligibility: Must be an English major or minor, a junior, senior, or graduate student, and have a GPA of 3.0 or above. For the application form for the organization, send a message to the faculty contact.

Faculty Contacts: Dr. Stephen Souris

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English and Rhetoric Graduate Student Organization
The group has regular meetings to discuss issues affecting graduate students in the department. Follow ERGO's activities by liking its page on Facebook.

Faculty Contact: Dr. Gretchen Busl

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Dr. Stephen Souris

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Dr. Ashley Bender

M.A. Students:
Dr. Dundee Lackey

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Dr. Lou Thompson