Overview of English Graduate Programs

HHRAWelcome 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 those planning to teach the subject at community colleges and secondary schools. The degree also provides a solid foundation for those who go on to Ph.D. programs or who find employment in such fields as business and law. Distinct tracks within the M.A. program—including the Thesis Plan, the Teaching Composition Plan, and the Minor Field Plan—enable students to customize their plan of study to their particular interests and career goals.

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.

Students in our PhD program may choose to specialize in any area of British or American Literature, Literary Theory, or Rhetoric and Composition. As a department, we work hard to provide our doctoral students with professionalization opportunities and prepare them for the academic and non-academic job markets. Recent PhD graduates of our program have received tenure-track jobs at Baylor University, Virginia Military Institute, the American University in Beirut, Stevenson University, Mars Hill College, the University of St. Thomas, and elsewhere.

Whatever course of study you pursue, you can expect to work closely with a range of distinguished faculty members who have both a strong commitment to teaching as well as an impressive record of scholarly achievements. Our faculty have highly visible national and international scholarly reputations, having in recent years won prestigious awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Humanities Center, and elsewhere. The size of our programs enables students to work closely with their faculty advisory committees to develop courses of study reflecting their particular interests.

Additional information and application instructions are available from The Graduate School.

For the M.A. and Ph.D. progams, please contact:

Dr. Jennifer Feather 
Director of Graduate Studies 
3110 MHRA

Ms. Alyson Everhart 
Administrative Assistant to
Graduate Studies in English 
3137 MHRA
(336) 334-5311

For the M.F.A. program, please contact:

Mr. Terry Kennedy
Director of Creative Writing Program 
3304 MHRA
(336) 334-5459

Ms. Jessica Van Rheenen
Associate Director of Creative Writing Program 
3303 MHRA
(336) 334-5459


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