• Advertising Specialist
  • Freelance Writer
  • Grant Writer
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  • Lawyer
  • Lexicographer
  • Librarian
  • Market Researcher
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Teacher

For individuals who

Are seeking an advanced degree. Have an interest in literature, language and writing. Appreciate seeing perspectives through writing. Enjoy articulating ideas through writing. 

Looking for

Flexibility to follow multiple interests, including linguistics, creative, technical and professional writing. 

To become

  • Author
  • Copywriter
  • Journalist
  • Publishing
  • Technical Writing

Master of Arts

Our program encourages individuality and collaboration as it prepares candidates for careers both within academia and beyond. Graduates have gone on to top-tier Ph.D. programs or opted to work in industry or for national and local nonprofits.

Admissions Requirements

Graduate studies in English is open to all qualified applicants who hold a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in English or a related field from an accredited college or university.

Financial Assistance

Graduate teaching assistantships are available and are awarded on the basis of the applicant's scholastic record, letters of recommendation, and the student's letter of interest. All students admitted full-standing are eligible for an assistantship in the Department of English. Letters of interest (if applicable) for teaching assistantships should be submitted at the same time that the application to the program is submitted to the Graduate School and should address prior experience and qualifications.

Graduate teaching assistantships are awarded for the academic year only. In addition to the stipend, graduate assistants receive a graduate tuition waiver. Tuition waivers cover base tuition for NDSU graduate credits only. Students are responsible for differential tuition, student fees, and tuition for non-graduate level credits taken or Cooperative Education credits.

Moreover, the Department of English annually awards the Richard L. Johnson Endowed Graduate Fellowship, The Rooney Scholarship and the Madeline S. Giddings Scholarship.