Grand Valley State University

671 USD/credit
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The Master of Arts (M.A.) in English from Grand Valley State University offers students and professionals an opportunity to deepen literary knowledge, sharpen critical skills, and strengthen expository writing.


The Master of Arts (M.A.) in English from Grand Valley State University with most courses offered in the evenings, is ideal for working professionals and those who are considering the eventual pursuit of a Ph.D. 

Although the university allows up to eight years for the completion of the degree, students can complete the program in the standard two years.

Why Study English At Grand Valley?

The M.A. program at Grand Valley State University has many advantages:

  • Award-winning teachers committed to academic rigor.
  • Professors who are active scholars with strong publication records.
  • Small classes (limit 15 students) to ensure intensive student-faculty collaboration.
  • Evening courses on the Allendale and Grand Rapids campuses to accommodate part-time students.
  • Flexible programming so students can pursue their own interests.


Many students in the program are already employed in various fields such as Education or Business, for example. Whether one desires to pursue an M.A. in English for personal edification, to pursue a Ph.D., and/or to pursue faculty positions at post-secondary institutions, this program is for students who seek to improve their knowledge and understanding of the subject. The M.A. can also supplement careers in:

  • Marketing or advertising
  • Journalism
  • Library science
  • Law or legal studies
  • Publishing
  • Writing

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Graduate Literary Studies Seminar 
  • Genre Studies 
  • Literary Period Seminar
  • Author or Topic Seminar 
  • Shakespeare 

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33 alternative credits


On Campus

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated 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.
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).
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

  • A brief statement of purpose explaining the applicant's academic preparation, interest in this program, and professional goals.
  • An original essay writing sample of 10 to 15 pages (approximately) that demonstrates the writer's potential for literary analysis, including the use of sources. (It may be a paper written for a previous course).
  • Contact information for three people who can assess the applicant's academic preparation.
  • Applications are considered throughout the year.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    671 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 671 USD per credit and a duration of  .
  • National

    671 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 671 USD per credit and a duration of  .


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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