Master of Arts in English

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Take your Education to the Next Level

with our Master of Arts in English

NDSU's Master of Arts degree in English welcomes applications from those interested in pursuing in-depth study of literature, writing studies, and/or pedagogy in English.  Our award-winning faculty are dedicated to one-on-one mentoring and supporting students in achieving their scholarly and professional goals.

Our Comprehensive MA in English Provides:


We prepare students interested in pursuing a PhD, high school teachers seeking advanced coursework, individuals interested in college-level teaching, and those seeking careers that require strong communication skills. Our students present at conferences, earn teaching and research awards, and some publish prior to graduation. 

Funding and Financial Support

We offer teaching assistantships for which graduate students teach introductory composition classes to undergraduates. In return, graduate students receive a tuition waiver that covers the cost of classes, as well as a small monetary stipend. Our department offers travel money to graduate students who present at conferences.

Supportive Mentoring

Our award-winning faculty are dedicated to one-on-one mentoring and supporting students in achieving their scholarly and professional goals. For example, our teaching seminar for first-year graduate students focuses on carefully developing, supporting, and improving teaching practices.  

Breadth of Coursework

Graduate students study a range of authors, periods, and genres, ranging from Shakespeare to contemporary American literature to digital rhetorics.


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Program of Study

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For questions pertaining to the English MA, please contact Dr. Alison Graham Bertolini, Director of Graduate Studies in English

For questions pertaining to the application process, please contact Neely Benton at the NDSU Graduate School

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