College of Arts and Sciences

About the Master of Arts (MA) in English

The Western Illinois University Department of English offers graduate-level study in literature, writing and cultural studies. All students must satisfy three requirements totaling thirty student credit hours (30 sh).

Students take courses in traditional and emerging literatures, professional writing and editing, composition, new media, film and popular culture. Through coursework, students define their interests, learn research methodologies, and develop their intellectual and scholarly identities.

Students in the graduate program in English collaborate with our Graduate Faculty to develop individualized plans of study that suit their scholarly and professional goals. Many students also earn credits with internships in teaching, professional writing, library science and other fields, while gaining hands-on experience and establishing valuable professional connections.

We actively help students with financial support and professional development.

Competitive funding packages are available, with tuition waivers and living stipends for full-time students. Check out the funding opportunities on our website!

Check out the Graduate Profiles to learn about the success of our program! Some graduates are working as professional writers in Chicago, Denver, St. Louis, and other major cities. Many are teaching at community colleges and universities across the nation. Others have accepted assistantships at top doctoral programs including the University of Notre Dame, the University of California Riverside, SUNY Buffalo, the University of Minnesota, the University of Connecticut, and Saint Louis University.