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English, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months


In perusing your MA in English you select one of three distinct Plans of Study. Click on the links under each plan to see further details.

The programme

Thesis Plan: 30 hours of course work, a committee of three faculty members, a thesis (one long paper or two shorter papers), and a foreign language requirement. This plan is usually selected by students who want to continue on with a PHD and/or teach.

Teaching Composition Plan: 36 hours of course work (no committee, no thesis, no foreign language requirement). This plan is for those who may want to go on to a PHD but also for those who opt to teach at a community college. We have a long-standing relationship with GTCC and some students toward the end of their MA degree may apply for an internship through their FIT (Faculty-in-Training) Program.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • The Critical Canon and Contemporary Issues
  • Modern Literary and Cultural Theory
  • Postcolonial Literary and Cultural Theory
  • Studies in Contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory
  • Cultural Studies
  • Feminist Theory and Women Writers

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: International applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their application one month prior to the posted departmental deadline.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3
Recommended score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3 or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Official transcripts of all previous work showing a major or graduate work in English, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the undergraduate major. 
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your academic achievements. 
  • Scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination. 
  • At the upload button labeled “Supplemental Materials A” attach the Word document that contains your writing sample. 
  • At the upload button labeled “Supplemental Materials B” (or "Resume") attach one Word document that contains in this order a) statement of purpose (1-2 pages) with your name at the top, and b) your current CV or resume.

      Tuition Fee

      • International

        21734 USD/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 21734 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
      • National

        21734 USD/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 21734 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
      • In-State

        8016 USD/year
        Tuition Fee
        Based on the original amount of 8016 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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      Living costs for Greensboro

      • 1001 - 1540 USD/month
        Living Costs

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