Western Illinois University

M.A. On Campus
12 months
13830 USD/year
13830 USD/year
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The M.A. in English at Western Illinois University allows students to develop individualized plans of study which suit their professional goals.


Program Overview

The Department of English and Journalism at Western Illinois University offers graduate-level study in all areas of English studies. Our graduates pursue information-intensive careers in business and education, including those demanding intensive writing, editing, and sophisticated literacies; secondary or community college teaching in composition or literature. Many also complete further graduate study in the humanities.

Why Choose English at WIU?

We offer individualized programs that encourage students to choose courses and projects tailored to their interests and career goals. While some students focus on literary studies, others work with literature and emerging new media, film, popular culture, professional editing, composition and writing studies. All students take one required introductory course, and consult with faculty to choose elective courses, consider independent work such as internships, and select an exit option.

Exit options offer a choice between the thesis or directed readings and an exam. Both help develop scholarly and professional skills, allowing students to cultivate expertise in one or more areas of English Studies.Many students earn credits with internships in teaching, professional writing, library science and other fields, gaining hands-on experience and making valuable professional connections.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Topics in Literature
  • Major Authors
  • Teaching Literature in Secondary Schools
  • Language Diversity and Grammar for Teachers


  • Marjorie C. B. Allison, Ph.D., University of Minnesota-Minneapolis
  • David Banash, Ph.D., University of Iowa
  • Merrill Cole, Ph.D., University of Washington
  • Roberta Di Carmine, Ph.D., University of Oregon
  • William Knox, Ph.D., University of Michigan

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • National students - rolling admission




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.

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

  • Applicants for admission to the School of Graduate Studies must hold a bachelor's degree from an institution that is accredited by the appropriate U.S. Department of Education regional institutional accrediting agency. 
  • Applicants usually apply for admission to a degree program simultaneously with admission to the School of Graduate Studies. 
  • If the applicant meets the minimum admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies, a copy of the application materials is forwarded to the program of interest for consideration.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13830 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13830 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    13830 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13830 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.


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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