M.A. in English

Earn your master of arts degree in English at TWU.

We boast a dedicated faculty and dynamic courses that will help you build your skills as a teacher, researcher and writer while you network with like-minded peers. Whether you want to take a course or two to reignite your passion, earn the 18 hours typically necessary for dual credit teaching, or increase your salary and improve your credentials, our master's degree 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 you can choose a format that suits your lifestyle. Our on-campus courses run in three-hour blocks during the late afternoon and evening, perfect for working professionals. 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, a variety of degree options, high-quality curriculum, small class sizes and superior mentoring.

We also collaborate closely with the Multicultural Gender and Women's Studies Department at TWU and offer a number of cross-listed courses. As a result, we often share students. Gender and Women's Studies students may also earn an M.A. in English, while our M.A students can earn credit toward their degrees or toward the Graduate Certificate in Multicultural Gender and Women's Studies.

Career outlook

Our M.A. in English will prepare you for a career in education, writing, editing, journalism or communications. It will also provide you with the skills and knowledge necessary for you to pursue further graduate studies. Explore our doctoral degree in rhetoric.

Degree details

Apply today

  1. Review and complete the university's General Requirements for Graduate Admissions.
  2. Review the department requirements and application deadlines (below) for the M.A. in English, Speech and Foreign Languages.
  3. If you have met all of the above requirements, complete the graduate school application process.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall - July 1
  • Spring - November 1
  • Summer - April 1

International Student Admission Requirements

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

Scholarships and financial aid

There are a number of scholarships designated specifically for students within the TWU Department of English, Speech and Foreign Languages. Explore our graduate and organizational scholarships.

To apply for financial aid, please visit the TWU Financial Aid website.

Need more information?

Contact program coordinator Dundee Lackey, Ph.D., at dlackey@twu.edu to learn more about our master's program.