Master of Arts in English

Gannon University

Program Description

Master of Arts in English

Gannon University

Master of Arts in English

The Graduate Program in English is designed for the professional student of letters seeking preparation for doctoral study in the discipline, for teachers of English who desire increased general competency, and for those in business and industry seeking professional growth or personal enrichment. The program is intended to expand the student's knowledge of linguistic and critical theory, composition and rhetoric, literary history, the development of literary genres, and major and minor writers of all periods. Additionally, the programs are designed to refine students' responses to literature and language in use, sharpen their critical judgement, and develop their extended knowledge and expanded abilities into more effective writing, speaking, and teaching.

Master of Arts Program

Thirty graduate hours are required. Candidates may elect to take all thirty graduate hours within the English department, or they may elect to take six hours of other graduate level courses approved by the Graduate English Program Director. Students are required to take nine graduate hours in English and American literature and nine graduate hours in language studies courses. Of the graduate hours required in English and American literature, three must be in British literature before 1700 (excluding Shakespeare), three in British literature between 1700 and the present, and three in American literature. Of the graduate hours required in language studies, three must be in theory, three in writing, and three in linguistics.

The candidate must take GENGL 796 as part of the required 30 hours and after completion of 27 hours.


For the program leading to the Master of Arts, the prerequisites in English are eight courses of undergraduate English or twenty-four semester hours plus freshman composition. Undergraduate preparation should include a course in literary criticism, a course in linguistics, and a period course in English or American literature.

If students have not had undergraduate courses in Shakespeare, literary criticism, or in linguistics, they will be required to take these on the graduate level.

Each student applying for admission into Gannon's Master's program should submit a sample critical/research paper and three letters of recommendation. Acceptance is provisional until all requirements have been satisfactorily completed.

Teaching Assistantships

The Graduate English Program offers five Teaching Assistantships. Qualified candidates receive remission of tuition and fees plus a modest stipend. Working with the guidance of senior faculty, teaching assistants usually teach two sections of freshman composition each semester or will work in the University's Writing Center. A B average must be maintained. Applications should be received no later than mid-February. For additional information, contact the Program Director.

A limited number of teaching assistantships are available in the English Department. They require teaching of College Composition and working in the Writing Center. Students must be admitted to graduate school and have at least a Bachelor's degree in English or 24 credits in English.

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Sept. 2016
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Start date Sept. 2016
USA Erie, Pennsylvania
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