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English: Teaching, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #561 (QS) , SC,
The graduate program in English: Teaching at the University of South Carolina enjoys a long and distinguished history, dating back to the 1890s, when it granted the first graduate degree in the state. Today, the department is leading the way into the future of literary studies, the critical study of rhetoric, and the arts of creative writing.


A Proud Tradition, A Bold Future

In recent years, the department has often been described, by students and outside observers alike, as home to a consistently high level of intellectual energy and excitement. That energy stems, we believe, from our commitment to scholarly rigor and the creation of a collegial environment. Because we house one of the nation's most theory-intensive rhetoric programs, students in all areas of study are exposed to the kind of complex and sophisticated scholarship that occurs at the leading edge of literary and rhetorical study. The English: Teaching course is offered by University of South Carolina.

At the same time, we are a friendly department, and we are housed at a university that has been especially proactive about promoting interdisciplinary collaboration. English faculty and students are comfortable with sharing ideas both within and among different areas of specialty, and many also work collaboratively with scholars in other disciplines. The result has been innovative research and teaching that serves both the university and the larger community. With unique opportunities and outstanding resources, students from all over the country and the world are attracted to the USC graduate program in English.

Quick Facts

Our large and diverse faculty includes over 60 tenured and tenure-track scholars. Together, the faculty engages in scholarship and teaching that meets the needs of an intellectually diverse graduate student community.

Our broad range of degree programs allows graduate students to explore a wide range of interests and develop various areas of expertise. The Department offers courses and degrees in fields ranging from British and American literature to Composition and Rhetoric to Creative Writing to Speech Communication and Rhetoric, along with opportunities in a number of affiliated programs, including African-American Studies, African Studies, Asian Studies, Comparative Literature, Film and Media Studies, Jewish Studies, Linguistics, and Women's and Gender Studies.

The department awards six masters and two doctoral degrees. Students in all fields of study are eligible for teaching and research assistantships, which provide substantial tuition abatement. In addition, the department offers several graduate fellowships, including a recruiting fellowship in American Literature, a recruiting fellowship in English Literature, a recruiting fellowship in Composition and Rhetoric, and the Dickey Fellowship in Creative Writing. Many of the graduate students in the department also go on to win university-wide fellowships.

In addition to teaching freshman composition, Graduate teaching assistants in the department also enjoy the opportunity to teach a wide range of undergraduate courses, including upper-level courses in both literature and writing. The department offers extensive training and ongoing mentoring for its graduate instructors, many of whom have been recognized with department and university teaching awards. The department also offers research and editorial assistantship that allow student to work with faculty on significant new scholarship; graduate students can also participate in community outreach via several unique and innovative programs administered by the English department, including The Poetry Initiative, Split P Soup, and The Open Book.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • modern grammar, 
  • literary criticism, 
  • adolescent literature, 
  • history of the English language, 
  • advanced composition .

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • 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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General Requirements

What application materials are required by all departments in The Graduate School?

  • A baccalaureate degree (or the international equivalent) from an accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended for course credit
  • Standardized test scores (consult the program to which you are applying for particular test requirements)
  • Two or more letters of recommendation
  • Application
  • Application Fee
  • English Proficiency Requirement*
  • Other Supporting Materials**

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29196 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14598 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    29196 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14598 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    13650 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6825 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Columbia

  • 999 - 1510 USD/month
    Living Costs

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