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Northwest Missouri State University


Graduate Programs

The graduate program in English is designed to suit a variety of student needs. We serve students who hope to pursue further studies beyond the Master's degree, current and future teachers and all students who, having completed an undergraduate degree, want more intellectual and creative challenges. We welcome students to the program who seek thoughtful discussions about books and writing, as well as those who seek an opportunity to be part of a vibrant and diverse intellectual community.

We offer the Master of Arts and the Master of Science in English Education. One of our M.S. Ed. options allows a student to work simultaneously on a master's degree and Missouri teacher certification.

Why Pursue a Graduate Degree in English at Northwest?

Courses in the graduate program are small (with usually five to fifteen students). The professors are friendly and accessible, and English graduate students typically form close working relationships with our specialists in literature, creative writing and language theory and pedagogy. The Department offers five graduate assistantships which require a workload of twenty hours per week in The Writing Center.

Our Master's programs in English at Northwest Missouri State are designed for students who hope to pursue Ph.D. or M.F.A. programs at other institutions; for present and future high-school and college teachers; and for all students who want more intellectual and creative challenge, more thoughtful discussions about books and writing, more opportunities to be part of a vibrant intellectual community, and more time to read, write and think, with the support of faculty members who are committed to their students and their discipline. We offer the Master of Arts and the Master of Science In English Education. One of our M.S. Ed. options allows a student to work simultaneously on a master's degree and Missouri teacher certification.

Graduate students generally take a course load of nine hours per trimester, and receive their degrees in 1.5 or 2 years. Our students have been very successful either obtaining jobs in the discipline or entering Ph.D. programs.

If you would like further information, feel free to call Nancy Mayer, director of the graduate program, at 660.562.1389. You can also send her an e-mail at nmayer@nwmissouri.edu.