Master of Arts in English
Welcome to the LMU Graduate English Department. The Department of English at Loyola Marymount University offers Master of Arts degrees in English with an Emphasis in Literature, Creative Writing, or Rhetoric and Composition. We are committed to the interdependency of literature, theory and writing. We believe that the act of engaging the literary field involves the production of literary, critical, or theoretical texts, and that broad-based reading in the tradition of literature provides the necessary foundation for more focused study and analysis. Therefore, we offer students in all emphases an introduction to graduate scholarship within a range of possible critical, rhetorical, and creative modes, while offering the intellectual background which makes their course of study both theoretically and historically self-conscious.
All three emphases within the M.A. program address the needs of a diverse student population; those going on to doctoral programs in literature, literary theory, or creative writing; those pursuing literary or commercial writing careers; those teaching in high schools and community colleges.
First of all and paramount, we need to see a completed application to know how to evaluate any student's eligibility for support. Typical financial aid packages run between two and five thousand dollars per academic year. In addition, we have two paid positions at about $12,000: a Graduate Assistantship (assisting the Graduate Program Director); an Internship (Archives & Special Collections). In addition, we have ten teaching fellowships at about $22,000. All are competitively awarded.
All new applicants are automatically considered for these awards. The selection process is very competitive, and candidates are encouraged to put their best efforts into their general application materials.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the Master’s Degree in English will:
- Master the terms and issues specific to the discipline and profession of literary studies.
- Understand the history and nature of the discipline and prepare for a future in academia or teaching.
- Master professional writing skills for tasks including book reviews, abstracts, short critical essays, and research projects.
- Have experience giving presentations and making submissions for professional publications and/or conferences.
- Engage critically and deeply with a range of literatures and literary theories.
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