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 (M.A.) 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 M.A. 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!
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 as Niche.com’s #4 college campus 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.
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.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can you do with a master’s in English?
With a master’s degree in English, you can become uniquely equipped to apply for and thrive in a vast array of career fields. Upon successful completion of our English master’s program, you can pursue roles as an instructor or professor at institutions of higher education. You could also work in editing, creative writing, copywriting, or journalism.
Additionally, a master’s in English can help you prepare for many other jobs that require strong communication skills, such as publishing, advertising, marketing, human resources, government, civil service, market research, technical writing, grant/proposal writing, public relations, content management, and search engine marketing. This degree can also help you develop skills in reading comprehension, argumentation, and critical thinking — skills that are vital to a career in the legal field and can help you prepare for law school.
Is a master’s in English the same as a master’s in English literature?
As you are researching graduate programs, you may have noticed that there are different types of English degrees. How does Liberty’s M.A. in English differ from a standard master’s in literature? Our English master’s degree is a flexible program that offers the opportunity to study a variety of subjects, such as research, writing, grammar, literature, literary criticism, and methods for teaching writing. Rather than focusing solely on literature, you can develop a diverse skill set and a broad base of knowledge that can help you thrive professionally.
How much can you make with a Master of Arts in English?
Your salary will depend on a number of factors, such as where you live and how much work experience you have. However, in general, here are the average salaries for various careers you could pursue after completing our master’s in English program:
- Editor – $63,4001
- Human resources specialist – $63,4902
- Journalist – $49,3003
- Market research analyst – $65,8104
- Public relations specialist – $62,8105
- Technical writer – $74,6506
- Writer/author – $67,1207
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.
ENGL 501 – Christian Poetics
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- This course assists the student in developing, through reading and discussion of salient critical texts, a distinctly Christian poetics — a set of principles by which the reader analyzes, interprets, and evaluates literature in a manner consistent with a biblical worldview.
ENGL 503 – Bibliography and Research
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- This course provides students with an introduction to graduate-level research and bibliography methods in the field of English. Students will practice the primary forms of writing expected of graduate students.
ENGL 505 – Advanced Literary Criticism
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- An inquiry into the nature and functions of Anglo-American literary criticism and theory.
- A review of ancient, early modern, and 18- and 19th-century figures as context for analysis and critique of a selected recent theorist.
ENGL 656 – Studies in World Literatures
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- This course is a study of some of the world’s literary masterpieces from antiquity to the present with particular emphasis on religious texts, diverse literary traditions, and universal themes.
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
- College instructor
- Public relations specialist
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
- Recommender contact information for 2 academic references (to be completed through the provided link)
- Research paper/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
- Prerequisites (should be taken prior to admission): 15-18 credit hours of upper-level (300- to 400-level) undergraduate English courses
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.
2Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, at Human Resources Specialists (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.
3Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, at News Analysts, Reporters, and Journalists (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.
4Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, at Market Research Analysts (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.
5Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, at Public Relations Specialists (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.
6Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, at Technical Writers (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.
7Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, at Writers and Authors (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.