The University of Maine Master of Arts in English

Enhance, Explore, Experience. 

We offer a two-year program of study in a small department that features close mentoring and full funding for most students via Teaching Assistantships in our award-winning College Composition program. Assistantships include full-tuition waivers, a 1-1 teaching load, generous support, and excellent benefits.

Are you 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. This program is ideal 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.

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.  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, 2020.