24 months
35213 USD/year
35213 USD/year
14085 USD/year
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The English degree at Southern Illinois University provides opportunities for creative expression and professional development, preparing graduates for teaching and scholarly research, as well as continued graduate study at the doctoral level. 


Key Features

Students customarily choose one of three concentrations: literary studies, rhetoric and composition studies, or English studies.

The Master of Arts specializing in literature or rhetoric and composition requires completion of thirty credit hours of course work, reading knowledge of one foreign language, and the successful defense of a master’s thesis. Students in literary studies have the option of taking a comprehensive examination as an alternative to the thesis.

The English degree at Southern Illinois University requires thirty-six credit hours of course work. The English Studies concentration is designed for working professionals, especially high-school teachers, interested in a substantial MA program to enhance their credentials and broaden their knowledge in the areas in which they teach or work. A flexible examination, oral or written, serves as the terminal event in the degree program.

The MA in English Studies is designed to be a two and a half year degree.  To that end, the department offers at least two graduate-level courses per term at 5 p.m. or later and distributes its seminars across the ten areas on the English Studies checklist in a given academic year. The department also offers at least three graduate-level courses in the summer, each in a different area on the English Studies checklist.  At least one of these summer courses and one of the evening courses during the regular academic year is a pedagogy seminar, a course focused on the history and practice of teaching a canonical text.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Modern English Grammars
  • Old English Language and Literature
  • Medieval Allegory, History and Romance
  • Medieval Lyric, Ballad and Drama
  • Middle English Literature: Chaucer
  • English Non-Dramatic Literature: The Renaissance
  • English Non-Dramatic Literature: The Later Eighteenth Century

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • 2.7 (on a grading scale with 4.0=A; approximately a "B-" average) on the last two years of Bachelor's coursework
  • 3.0 on all previous graduate work (approximately a "B" average)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35213 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35213 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    35213 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35213 USD per year during 24 months.
  • In-State

    14085 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14085 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Carbondale

1100 - 1500 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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