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Program Highlights

English Master’s Degree Program Highlights

The Master of Arts degree in English is designed not only to help graduates achieve the next career level, but also to develop a deeper personal engagement with literature. Whether you’re pursuing a doctoral degree, considering a career change or looking for opportunities to teach McNeese dual enrollment courses in your community, the English Master’s degree will help you take the next step. You will learn literary research methods, and can choose from topics such as literary criticism, critical theory, western literature, genre studies and women in literature.

Course structures that fit the framework of your life

We know you’re busy, so all courses are offered on campus in the evenings to allow our commuters ample travel time. The coursework is crafted to enable you to venture into specific areas of interest and offers you opportunities for unique experiences that will help you meet your goals. Our special-topics courses like play-to-film adaptations, script writing, contemporary drama, graphic novel and directed research in science fiction appeal to contemporary readers.

At a Glance

Degree Type: Master of Arts (M.A.)

Program Length: 2 years (30 credit hours thesis option; 36 credit hours non-thesis option)


Program overview

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The master’s in English is a small program, which allows for a lot of individual attention in a supportive yet rigorous setting. Students will also have the opportunity to work on our literary journal, The McNeese Review. Other features of the master’s in English at McNeese include:

Financial aid and scholarships:

McNeese offers an Educators Graduate Scholarship to assist with tuition expenses for current high school employees pursuing SACSCOC qualifications with the intention of teaching McNeese college-level dual enrollment courses. In order to qualify for this scholarship, you must be nominated by your supervising school principal.

Applied learning:

McNeese students have presented their research at conferences, like The Popular Culture Association, The South Central Modern Language Association, The Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature and Sigma Tau Delta National Convention.

Admission into doctoral programs:

Our graduates have entered respected PhD programs, like English and Comparative Literature Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of English at University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Department of English at University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Department of English, Ohio University, Museum Studies, University of Leicester.

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English Master’s Degree Program Concentrations


Careers and Opportunities

What Can You Do with an English Degree?

A master’s degree in English provides a broad range of employment opportunities in a variety of fields, including professional and technical writing, public relations and media, business and industry, education and government or nonprofit. Many graduates go on to pursue Ph.D.s from some of the most respected doctoral programs in the country.

Graduate Schools or Programs

  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Ohio University
  • University of Leicester

Potential Job Titles or Employers

  • Academia
  • Advertising
  • Editing
  • Human Resources
  • Professional Writing
  • Public Relations

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Program Contact

Keagan Lejeune - Deptartment Head