The English Graduate Program prepares students for the next step in their careers, whether that be teaching at the college level, entering into a field of professional writing, or continuing scholarly or creative pursuits. The curriculum is founded on courses in literature, language, writing studies, and pedagogy. Recent MSU graduates have used their degrees or certificates to establish careers in the arts, business, communications, education, government, law, publishing, and writing.

Online programs
  • Master of Arts and Master of Science: Students can choose to complete either the MA or MS. The two 30-hour degree programs differ only in that to pursue an MA, students need to meet a foreign language requirement.
  • English Minor: A master’s candidate in another field may obtain a minor in English by completing a minimum of 12 semester hours approved by the English Graduate Coordinator. Students seeking a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction can minor in English under Option I and II. 
  • English Graduate Certificates: We offer two 9-hour English certificates in Professional Studies and in Literature and Language Studies. Students can complete one or both certificates and later apply the course work to a master’s degree. For high school instructors who already have a master’s degree in another area, the credits can be applied toward faculty credential requirements for teaching dual credit English courses. For information on dual credit teaching, see the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Faculty Credential Guidelines and the Texas Education Agency Dual Credit FAQs.
  • With approval from their advisor, students can apply graduate English courses to the Master of Professional Studies (MPS), an interdisciplinary program.  
Graduate assistantship and scholarships

Prospective graduate students interested in applying for a graduate assistantship should contact Dr. Sally Henschel. Students are accepted as graduate assistants on the basis of academic merit and availability. Graduate merit scholarships also are available on a competitive basis.

Spring 2023 courses

ENGL 5033 X20 Teaching College Literature: A study of effective practices in teaching various forms of literature at the college level. This course will be of particular interest to those wanting to  teach English dual-credit courses and/or at the community college level. For more information about the course, please contact Dr. John Schulze: schulze@msutexas.edu

ENGL 5563 X20 Research Methods in Writing Studies: A survey of qualitative and quantitative research methods, methodological strategies, and analytical tools in writing, rhetoric, and technical communication studies. This course meets the research requirement for the English MA/MS. For more information about the course, please contact Dr. Hillary Coenen: coenen@msutexas.edu

ENGL 5953 X20 Contemporary Literature: A selective study of recent literature. Topic: The Holocaust and apocalypse. For more information about the course, please contact Dr. Jennifer Dawes: dawes@msutexas.edu

Note: In addition to those seeking an English MA/MS or graduate certificate, the courses above could be of interest to (1) MSU graduate students seeking the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction (under Option 1 or II) or the MPS in Professional Studies (ENGL 5563 meets the research methods requirement, and all three courses could be applied under the Content area and/or liberal arts requirement.); or (2) high school teachers who already have a master’s degree in another field and are seeking English graduate credit to meet credential requirements for teaching English dual-credit courses. 


If you would like more information on the graduate program, please contact Dr. Sally Henschel, English Graduate Coordinator.