Graduate Program

 

The University of Maine Master of Arts in English

Enhance, Explore, Experience.  A program perfect for students who want a challenging and supportive learning environment in which to enhance their knowledge, explore new ideas, and gain experience in research, writing, and teaching. Did you take a degree in English because you were passionate about reading and writing, yet know you need more time to translate this passion into meaningful work? The University of Maine Master of Arts in English is unique in that it allows students to explore new facets of English study—everything from hands-on skills such as creating an assignment-sequence for a class, preparing technical documentation, grant-writing, or editing a short story, to the challenges of poetics, literary and rhetorical theory, and empirical field-research on writing—while also deepening and widening their knowledge of literature. Our degree culminates with a professional portfolio our graduates use to advance their goals toward PhD or MFA programs, teaching careers, employment in the private or public-sector, or personal growth.

Our graduate students are central actors in our intellectual community: they serve on committees, organize events, participate in research expos, and have their own symposium. Teaching Assistantships in our award-winning writing program include full-tuition waivers, close mentoring, a 1-1 teaching load, very generous support, and excellent benefits. Students can also apply for a third year of funding through our competitive Ulrich Wicks Distinguished Teaching Assistantship. Our program offers a professionalizing environment in which to enhance your knowledge, explore new ideas, and gain experience while continuing to do what you love: read, write, and think critically.

Questions about applying? Email Graduate Coordinator Dylan Dryer  dylan.dryer@maine.edu

The deadline for completed applications for our next matriculating class is January 15, 2019.

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All candidates for the M.A. in English are required to complete at least one literature course in four of the five categories indicated below. Candidates who have not declared a concentration will also be required to take a course in theory.