Graduate Studies Overview | Department of English

Graduate Studies Overview

Welcome to graduate studies in English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Our department offers a full range of graduate programs, including the Master of Arts, the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, and the Doctor of Philosophy.


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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While most PhD students enter with their MA completed, some applicants who hold the Bachelor of Arts in English are admitted to the MA to PhD program. Once they have successfully completed the MA, these students continue to PhD work without re-application.

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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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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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Contact

Dr. Anne Wallace
Director of Graduate Studies
adwallac@uncg.edu

Ms. Alyson Everhart
Administrative Assistant to Graduate Studies
awfrazie@uncg.edu


MFA

One of the oldest creative writing programs in the country, the Master of Fine Arts at Greensboro is a two-year residency program with an emphasis on providing studio time for the writing of poetry or fiction. Our students develop their particular talents through small classes in writing and literature, including courses in contemporary publishing and creative nonfiction. As a community of writers, students read and comment on each other’s writing in focused workshops and work closely with faculty members in one-on-one tutorials outside of class. Each semester the faculty also invites writers and editors to campus for our Distinguished Visiting Writers Series, which features readings and master classes for MFA students.

Visit mfagreensboro.org for more details about the program and application process.


Contact

Mr. Terry Kennedy
Director of Creative Writing Program
tlkenned@uncg.edu

Ms. Jessica Van Rheenen
Associate Director of Creative Writing Program
jmvanrhe@uncg.edu