Master of Arts in English

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Program Description

Master of Arts in English

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Degrees Available at SIUE

• Master of Arts in English, American and English Literature Specialization

• Master of Arts in English, Creative Writing Specialization

• Master of Arts in English, Teaching English as a Second Language Specialization

• Master of Arts in English, Teaching of Writing Specialization

American and English Literature at SIUE

Graduate studies in English can prepare students for advanced graduate work, secondary school teaching, community college teaching or careers in such fields as law, business, social service and teaching English as a second language; some graduates find careers in technical writing. Courses in women’s studies, technical writing and editing are also available.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must supply, in addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, three letters of recommendation. Applicants to the various specializations must, in addition, supply the following materials:

American and English literature: (1) a one-page statement of purpose; (2) a recent sample of the applicant’s writing, at least ten pages in length. The admissions committee prefers to read papers which engage in literary analysis, but will accept any paper which demonstrates the ability to conduct scholarly investigation.

For applicants to the American and English literature specialization, there is a requirement of one year of college-level course work (or its equivalent) in the same modern or classical foreign language, with at least a C average. These requirements may be satisfied during the course of the student’s graduate studies.

Creative Writing at SIUE

Graduate studies in English can prepare students for advanced graduate work, secondary school teaching, community college teaching or careers in such fields as law, business, social service and teaching English as a second language; some graduates find careers in technical writing. Courses in women’s studies, technical writing and editing are also available.

The specialization in creative writing is designed for the student interested in pursuing the art of writing fiction or poetry. Students pursuing this specialization will not just develop their skills as writers, they will be better prepared to teach creative writing, pursue other professional writing opportunities, conduct further research into matters of creative writing pedagogy and publish their own creative works.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must supply, in addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, three letters of recommendation which must be accompanied by access waiver forms (available from the Department’s website or from the graduate program director in the Department of English). In addition, applicants must supply the following materials:

Creative Writing: (1) a one-page statement of purpose; (2) either two complete prose works (short stories, novel chapters, and/or creative non-fiction pieces), or 10 poems, depending upon genre of interest.

For applicants to the creative writing specialization, there is a requirement of one year of college-level course work (or its equivalent) in the same modern or classical foreign language, with at least a C average. These requirements may be satisfied during the course of the student’s graduate studies.

Teaching English as a Second Language at SIUE

Graduate studies in English can prepare students for advanced graduate work, secondary school teaching, community college teaching or careers in such fields as law, business, social service and teaching English as a second language; some graduates find careers in technical writing. Courses in women’s studies, technical writing and editing are also available.

The specialization in teaching English as a second language (TESL) prepares the student for professional opportunities related to teaching English to non-native speakers or for advanced graduate programs in similar or related fields. A student completing this specialization will be able to teach English as a second or foreign language, develop curricula and teaching materials for second language learners, evaluate the English language capabilities of such learners and participate in the advising of students for whom English is not a first language.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must supply, in addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, three letters of recommendation which must be accompanied by access waiver forms (available from the Department’s website or from the graduate program director in the Department of English). In addition, applicants must supply the following materials:

Teaching of English as a Second Language and Teaching of Writing: a 3-5 page paper which explains how the applicant became interested in the field of TESL or TOW, what the applicant hopes to learn in the program, and how that learning will help the applicant in a career.

For applicants to the TESL specialization, there is a requirement of two years of college-level course work (or its equivalent) in modern or classical foreign language with at least a C average. These requirements may be satisfied during the course of the student’s graduate studies.

Teaching of Writing at SIUE

Graduate studies in English prepares students for advanced graduate work, secondary school teaching, community college teaching or careers in such fields as law, business, social service and teaching English as a second language; some graduates find careers in technical writing. Courses in women’s studies, technical writing and editing are also available.

The teaching of writing specialization is designed for the student interested in teaching writing at the university, community college, high school or middle-school level. A student graduating with this specialization will be prepared to teach writing and writing pedagogy, as well as conduct research in composition. The program of study does not include requirements necessary for state certification for high school teachers.

Admission Requirements

All applicants must supply, in addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, three letters of recommendation which must be accompanied by access waiver forms (available from the Department’s website or from the graduate program director in the Department of English). In addition, applicants must supply the following materials:

A 3-5 page paper which explains how the applicant became interested in the field of TOW, what the applicant hopes to learn in the program, and how that learning will help the applicant in a career.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated September 17, 2015
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2016
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Full time
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9,024 USD
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USA Edwardsville, Illinois
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