Students who graduate from this program go on to careers in secondary and community college teaching or enroll in Ph.D. programs. In addition, studying English at the graduate level can prepare you for work in other fields that require strong writing and analytical skills.
Our Master’s Degree in English program is designed to give you broad exposure to the various periods of British and American literature, with additional required classes in research methods, literary criticism, literature and the Bible, and writing. The 12-15 classes required for the degree (depending on the number of undergraduate literary courses you have taken) can usually be completed in two years of full-time study by taking two four-unit courses per quarter. However, part-time students can also successfully complete the program at their own pace.
Who Should Apply?
While the majority of students in our program hold bachelor’s degrees in English, students with undergraduate degrees in history, religion, liberal studies, or other humanities areas are also encouraged to apply. A successful applicant is a voracious reader, with a passion for literature and a strong interest in research and writing.