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MA Degree

The Master of Arts in English offers excellent preparation for community college and secondary school teaching, for continued study in PhD programs, and for successful careers in humanities-supported fields ranging from business, to law, to arts administration. Students choose from three flexible plans of study–Thesis, Teaching Composition, and Careers in the Humanities–to develop their particular interests and professional goals.

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PhD Degree

Students seeking the Doctor of Philosophy in English may choose from twelve areas of specialization in British and American Literature, Literary Theory, and Rhetoric and Composition. Teaching assistantships and internships, job placement workshops, and intensive study with our distinguished faculty support our doctoral students as they prepare for careers in the academy and in humanities-supported professions.

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MFA Degree

The Master of Fine Arts in creative writing is a two-year residency program with an emphasis on providing students with studio time in which to study the writing of poetry or fiction. The program’s flexibility permits students to develop their particular talents through small classes in writing, literature, and the arts. As a community of writers, students read and comment on each other’s work under the guidance of resident and visiting faculty, who also meet with students in one-on-one tutorials.

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Recent Graduate News

Kate Burt Wins College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award

PhD student Kate Burt has been awarded the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award. Congratulations!

Posted on April 16, 2024

UNCG’s 2023 Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award

Congratulations to Rene Marzuk for winning UNCG’s 2023 Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award! “Clashing Landscapes in Charles Chesnutt’s Conjure Tales” and […]

Posted on April 9, 2024

Dr. Leah Haynes Wins UNCG’s Outstanding Dissertation Award!

Congratulations to Dr. Leah Haynes (’22) for winning UNCG’s Outstanding Dissertation Award! #UNCGEnglish

Posted on April 18, 2023


In terms of the program here, I’ve been constantly surprised about how much I enjoy it. The superb faculty and the community of fellow graduate students makes this program stand out, in my opinion. I can’t think of anywhere else where I’d want to be studying.

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