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Department of English

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Certificates & Degrees

Which graduate program is right for you?

The English department offers a PhD in Rhetoric, Writing, and Professional Communication, a MA in English with eight possible concentrations, as well as four Graduate Certificates. We welcome non-degree students in our courses as space allows.


Our certificate programs provide students with advanced study and continuing education in four specific areas within the department. Many of our certificate students go on to apply and complete the MA in English. Other students have already completed a graduate degree, but they need to complete additional graduate work in a specific area. 

For those students that would like to pursue 18 semester hours of English graduate courses, we recommend that students apply to a certificate program and complete additional coursework.

We offer four Graduate Certificates including:

Certificate in Professional Communication, requiring 15 semester hours.

Certificate in Multicultural and Transnational Literatures, requiring 12 semester hours.

Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), requiring 9 semester hours. 

Certificate in Teaching English in the Two-Year College, requiring 12 semester hours.

Master of Arts (MA) in English

A minimum of 33 s.h. of coursework is required, with a final presentation on the Thesis or Comprehensive Assessment Project (CAP). Subject matter from coursework may also be a part of the examination.

Each entering student should consult with the Director of Graduate Studies, who will review curriculum requirements and options and will suggest appropriate courses related to available concentrations:

English Studies
Creative Writing
Multicultural and Transnational Literatures
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Technical and Professional Communication
Rhetoric and Composition

PhD in Rhetoric, Writing, and Professional Communication

The PhD program offers students the opportunity to combine theory and practice in the study of rhetoric, writing, and professional communication. Focusing on public and community rhetorics across genres and media, we provide future scholar-teachers with diverse, well-supported research and pedagogical experiences and foster professional development within intellectual and professional communities.

For more information, please visit the PhD program website.