Master Of Arts In English
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Years (Avg.)
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Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total
Next Start Date
Jan 10, 2022
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Increase Your Writing Skills with a Master of Arts in English

A Master of Arts in English degree opens up numerous opportunities for a future career. In addition to careers in writing fiction or non-fiction, you can pursue education, work in human resources or market research, become a journalist, and more. If you have a love of literature and a desire to write, then a master’s degree in English is a great choice to further your career pursuit.

Throughout this degree, you’ll have the opportunity to study texts of literature in English and the western tradition, as well as gain a background in research and writing. In addition to these skills, you will learn critical approaches to interpreting texts and the linguistic characteristics of English throughout its history. Our master’s in English degree program will equip you with a Christian, biblical worldview to pursue further studies in the English language arts at the doctoral level, as well as prepare you for careers that are rewarding and fulfilling.

Why Choose Liberty’s Master of Arts in English Degree?

A master’s degree in English can open the door to many different types of careers. As you study, you not only develop your writing and knowledge of literature, but you also develop the soft skills that can correlate into other areas and fields. Researching and writing about a work of literature and defending it in a classroom in front of like-minded peers can develop your ability to defend a proposal at work in the future. The skills you gain from a master’s degree in English can transfer to almost any career path you choose.

In addition to the different skills you develop while pursuing a master’s in English, you will also have a chance to be a Graduate Student Assistant (GSA).  In keeping with our mission to Train Champions for Christ, Liberty University selects graduate students for our GSA program who are committed to Christ, their academic studies, and their own professional and spiritual development. This is a chance to serve in academic support roles across various university departments.

What Will You Learn in Our Master of Arts in English Degree?

Our Master of Arts in English provides extensive and well-rounded training in English literature, research methods, writing, and linguistics. Throughout this degree, you will learn how to analyze and interpret literature in a manner consistent with a biblical worldview. This will sharpen your analytical skills and develop your ability to present a logical defense for your thoughts. In addition to this training, you will learn advanced research skills and what the proper bibliography methods are for citing your work.

Of particular interest is a comprehensive study of world literature from some of the greatest masterpieces known to man. Stephen King once said, “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” In addition to the many works of literature you will read, you will have many opportunities to hone your writing skills in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.

View the Degree Completion Plan, and check out some of the courses you will take below!

Featured Courses

ENGL 501 – Christian Poetics

ENGL 503 – Bibliography and Research

ENGL 505 – Advanced Literary Criticism

ENGL 656 – World Literatures

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Potential Careers
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Highlights of Our Master of Arts in English Degree

  • You will learn from experienced professors who are well-published in the field and care about you as an individual. 
  • As a Liberty University student, you will have opportunities to showcase your work at conferences around the country.
  • Our chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, an international society dedicated to fostering literacy and all aspects of the discipline of English, provides professional development opportunities.
  • You can pursue opportunities to publish work in our literary journal the Lamp.  
  • You can gain valuable teaching experience as a Graduate Student Assistant.
  • Career opportunities are endless! You can pursue becoming a writer or an English teacher in public, private, missionary schools, and TESL programs around the country and the world. Many graduates also decide to take their writing skills and apply them to the field of law by applying to law school.

Master of Arts in English Degree Information

Career Opportunities for Master of Arts in English Graduates

  • Author
  • College or secondary teacher
  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Publisher
  • Public Relations worker

Admission Requirements for Graduate Degrees

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

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