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Program(s) Available: M.A.

Develop your skills in research, critical thinking and problem-solving. Keep your edge over the competition with an advanced degree.  Students can complete this program in four terms (16 months, including an eight-week summer session). 

*Enrollment Open to Students on F-1 Visas

Why Study English at Northwest

The Northwest Master of Arts in English is unique to the region because most literature, writing and creative writing classes are broadly conceived “umbrella” classes. The specific content of these courses changes 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.

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Admissions requirements

  • Three or four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university
  • 3.00 Overall grade-point average (GPA) on a 4.00 scale and 3.30 within major.
  • GRE - Not Required

International requirements

English language assessment score:

  • TOEFL 79 or
  • IELTS 6.5 with no bands below 6.0 or
  • Duolingo 100

Graduate Assistantships Available

Each year the English Department awards assistantships, providing a competitive stipend, with full tuition waiver. Applications should be made by March 1 for the next fall semester and will be accepted until all positions are filled.

For further information on graduate programs or assistantships, call or write:

Dr. Michael Hobbs
English Department
Northwest Missouri State University
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO 64468-6001
Phone: 660.562.1285

Graduate Faculty

Carrol L. Fry
Ph.D. University of Nebraska
18th-Century British Literature

Chanda D. Funston
Ph.D. University of New Mexico
English Romantic Poetry

Craig Goad
Ph.D. University of Missouri
Contemporary Poetry

Michael Hobbs
Ph.D. University of North Texas
Modern American Poetry

Barbara Stevens Heusel
Ph.D. University of South Carolina
20th Century British Literature

Bruce R.S. Litte
Ph.D. University of Kansas
Linguistics and Modern Literature

Jeff Loomis
Ph.D. University of North Carolina
20th Century Drama

Beth Richards
Ph.D. University of Nebraska
20th Century Women's Literature

Catie Rosemurgy
M.F.A., University of Alabama
Poetry and Fiction Writing

Steve Shively
Ph.D. University of Nebraska
English Education and 20th Century
American Literature

David Slater
Ph.D. University of New Mexico
Linguistics and Medieval Literature

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