24 months
23432 USD/year
22927 USD/year
10680 USD/year
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The MA program in English, Non-Thesis from Western Washington University is designed for those who desire to prepare for PhD and MFA programs, as well as other advanced degrees, teaching at two-year colleges, public or private teaching (elementary, middle, secondary), careers in technical writing and communication, editing and publishing, nonprofit and other business organizations.


Depending on the chosen area of concentration, students of the English, Non-Thesis program from Western Washington University will attain the following skills:

  • Preparation in national and global literatures and cultures, creative writing, critical and cultural theory, film and media, pedagogy, composition and rhetoric, technical writing, professional writing, editing and publishing, and linguistics
  • Teaching experience (if awarded a teaching assistantship or internship)
  • Professional editing with scholarly and creative writing journals, such as the Bellingham Review
  • Professional communication, oral and written
  • Competency in the use of classroom and communications technologies
  • Awareness of diversity, educational equity, and social justice issues
  • Awareness of ethical and reflective pedagogical practices


Undergraduate major in English or departmental permission. Candidates with an insufficient background in English are normally requested to acquire 30 upper-division credits in literature and criticism with a grade of B or better in each course. The department reserves the right to approve a course of study.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Literary Theories and Practices 
  • Seminar in Teaching College Composition 
  • Electives: 25 credits in literature, criticism, creative writing, rhetoric, pedagogy and English language.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


55 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A statement of purpose: this statement should explain intellectual and/or creative interests, and professional goals. If you are interested in being considered for a funded Teaching Assistantship, please include relevant experience and information that will aid the department in making funding decisions.
  • Candidates must provide a 750-word personal statement of background and intention and a writing sample: for admission to creative writing, 10 to 15 pages of prose or 10 to 15 pages of poetry; for admission to English, 7 to 12 pages of written work in literary study.
  • Appropriate admissions forms.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23432 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 23432 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    22927 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22927 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    10680 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10680 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Bellingham

1109 - 1684 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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