Masters In English
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Aug 19, 2024
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Strengthen Your Research and Communication Skills with an English Master’s Degree from Liberty University

If you want the flexibility to pursue a wide variety of careers, Liberty University’s Master of Arts (MA) in English degree may be right for you! Our program can help you develop skills that are essential in almost every profession. In addition to strengthening your understanding of literary texts and the English language, you can hone your skills in research, writing, critical thinking, and analysis.

Knowing how to write and communicate effectively can help you thrive in many different fields — from business and marketing to government work and teaching. With an English master’s degree, you don’t have to limit yourself to only a few job opportunities — you can explore your interests and develop essential skills that can help boost your marketability across various industries.

If you have a love for literature and a desire to write well, Liberty’s MA in English is a great next step to take in your academic journey. Whether you’re looking to prepare for a terminal degree program, launch a new career path, or simply dive into the subjects you’re most passionate about, our English master’s program can help you pursue your goals. Partner with us and see how far a master’s degree in English can take you!

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At Liberty, you’ll find an affordable, high-quality education that equips students like you for the real world. Our commitment to excellence helped us rank among’s Top 3 college campuses in America. Earning your degree from a nonprofit university with state-of-the-art resources like ours can help set you apart from your peers.

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Why Choose Liberty’s English Master’s Program?

A master’s degree in English can help open the door to many different types of careers. As you study, you can strengthen your writing abilities and your knowledge of literature as well as develop soft skills that can transfer to other fields. And, by researching and writing about a work of literature and defending it in a classroom in front of like-minded peers, you can learn how to craft persuasive, logical arguments — a skill that may serve you well in your future endeavors.

We’ve designed our master’s degree in English with your success in mind and are committed to helping you grow professionally. To fulfill this goal, we offer the opportunity for students in our English master’s program to become Graduate Student Assistants (GSAs) and serve in academic support roles across various university departments.

In keeping with our mission to Train Champions for Christ, Liberty University’s GSA program selects graduate students who are committed to Christ, their academic studies, and their own professional and spiritual development. Working as a GSA is a great way to develop your teaching skills while providing valuable assistance to professors and students alike.

English Masters

We also offer the opportunity to join Liberty’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International Honor Society in English. As a member, you can connect with other students who share your interests and thus expand your professional network. Additionally, our literary journal Lamp provides the chance for you to submit your poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or art/photography for publication. Throughout the English master’s program, you’ll study under professors who are well-versed in their field and committed to helping you succeed.

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What Will You Learn in Our Master’s in English Degree Program?

Our Master of Arts in English provides extensive and well-rounded training in literature, research methods, writing, and literary theory. Through this degree, you can learn how to analyze and interpret literature in a manner consistent with a biblical worldview. This can help sharpen your analytical skills and hone your ability to present a logical defense for your thoughts. Additionally, you can gain advanced research skills and explore proper methods for citing your work.

In this program, you’ll have the opportunity to study well-known literary texts from throughout history. You can choose from a wide array of courses in literature, including British, world, Christian, African American, contemporary/postmodern, and American literature. By writing and defending a thesis, you can contribute to the base of knowledge in your field and dive deeper into a topic of interest.

In addition to reading and analyzing numerous works of literature, you can hone your writing skills, explore the linguistic characteristics of English throughout its history, and learn best practices for analyzing texts. Upon graduation, you could continue your studies at the doctoral level, potentially teach English literature and writing at colleges and universities, or pursue jobs that require professional writing skills.

View the Degree Completion Plan, and check out our featured courses below for more information about what you’ll be studying.

Featured Courses

ENGL 501 – Christian Poetics

ENGL 503 – Bibliography and Research

ENGL 505 – Advanced Literary Criticism

ENGL 656 – Studies in World Literatures

Degree Information
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Highlights of Liberty University’s Master’s Degree in English

  • You will learn from experienced professors who are well-published in the field and who care about you as an individual.
  • As a Liberty student, you may have opportunities to showcase your work at conferences around the country.
  • Our chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, an international honor society dedicated to fostering literacy and all aspects of the discipline of English, provides professional development opportunities.
  • You can pursue opportunities to publish your work in our literary journal Lamp.
  • You can gain valuable teaching experience as a Graduate Student Assistant.

Master of Arts in English Degree Information

Master’s in English Career Opportunities

  • Author
  • College instructor
  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Public relations specialist
  • Publisher

Admission Requirements for Liberty’s Master’s in English Program

Every application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and all applicants must submit the following documents and meet the minimum requirements for admission:

  • Admission application
  • Official bachelor’s degree transcripts with a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Self-certification form (for students who are in the final term of their bachelor’s degree)
  • Current Liberty undergraduate students seeking preliminary acceptance into a graduate program must complete a degree completion application through their ASIST account
  • A regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA for admission in good standing — admission on caution granted on a case-by-case basis
  • Writing sample (8-10 pages)
  • Statement of Purpose – 1-page paper discussing your goals for your intended academic program and an explanation of what you hope to gain from and contribute to the program

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, at Editors (viewed online Oct. 27, 2021). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

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