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Northwest Missouri State University

M.A. in English

Our newly revised graduate program in English is unique to the region in that most of our literature, writing, and creative writing classes are broadly conceived "umbrella" classes. The specific content of these courses change each time the class is offered. This system allows students the variety and depth of experience that characterize effective Master's level programs in English.

M.A. degree; 32 hours
Required Courses Hours
Eng 10-610 Intro to Practical & Theoretical Criticism 3
Approved Electives 6
English Electives 23-24
Total Hours Required 32-33

The following courses cannot be applied toward the English M.A.: Education courses, English 10-580, 10-590, and 10-698, and special topics courses in methods of teaching.

M.A. in English with Speech Emphasis

Students in the M.A. program may elect to take a concentration in Speech by declaring their intention to do so when filing for candidacy. They will be advised to take their six hours of unspecified electives in Speech, and, depending on their backgrounds in English, they may elect to take up to an additional six hours in Speech. In no case will a student take fewer than 14 hours of English.

Students seeking the M.A. in English with a Speech emphasis will complete an English Department portfolio and oral defense and will complete a comprehensive examination in the area of Speech. Each department will be responsible for constructing and evaluating its part of the final assessment.

If you would like further information, feel free to call Dr. Jenny Rytting at 660.562.1741or email her at

Course Posters

Umbrella Courses
Spring 2014
Spring 2013 Fall 2012
Summer 2012 Fall 2011
Summer 2011 Spring 2011
Fall 2010 Summer 2010
Spring 2010 Fall 2009

In addition to these umbrella courses, we are offering second year students "Pedagogy of College Composition," a class that gives our students both theoretical background and mentored practical experience in teaching college composition. The only course required of all M.A. students is English 610: Introduction to Practical and Theoretical Criticism.

The English Department has twelve specialists -- eleven with doctorates and one with an M.F.A. -- teaching in our various areas of literature, language theory and pedagogy, and creative writing. Classes are small (generally five to fifteen students), and the professors are interesting, friendly, and very accessible. The work environment and the classes are very pleasant here, and our English graduate students form close working relationships. The Department offers five graduate assistantships, and English graduate students have assistantships in other departments around campus as well. The English Department's graduate assistants work twenty hours per week in The Writing Center.