English Graduate Program

Why pursue an M.A. in English at Missouri State?

Students learn advanced skills in creative writing, critical reading and writing, and language analysis and teaching.  Many of our graduates go on to M.F.A. or Ph.D. programs in creative writing, Ph.D. programs in literature, and doctoral programs in linguistics.

Choose your area of specialization

All Master of Arts in English students complete 18 core hours and specialize in one of the following tracks:

Creative Writing

Hone your skills in writing fiction, poetry, essays, and other creative forms. Build your portfolio and find opportunities to publish your work and make a living though your writing.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Put your interest in other cultures to work teaching people whose first language is not English. You can also become certified to teach school-aged English language learners via this program.


Pursue advanced study in literature (including American, British, and children’s/young adult) and develop your analytical, research, and writing skills. Expand your credentials as a high school teacher or prepare for doctoral study in literature and a career in college teaching.