University of North Carolina Greensboro

24 months
21734 USD/year
21734 USD/year
8016 USD/year
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The Master of Arts in English offers excellent preparation for those planning to teach the subject at community colleges and secondary schools. 

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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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

International applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their application one month prior to the posted departmental deadline.


IELTS or TOEFL needed


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
3 (required)
3 (recommended)
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
79 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

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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