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Master of Arts in English

Do you want to broaden your knowledge of literature and your career opportunities? Do you need a master’s in English program that offers flexibility to achieve your goals? If you answered ‘yes’ to these questions, look no further than the University of Central Missouri for the education you seek.

Whether you wish to increase your earning potential as an educator or gain employment in the private sector, at UCM, you can advance your literary understanding in as few as four semesters based on your interests. Immerse yourself in your favorite page-turners — from medieval works to contemporary bestsellers — while enhancing your marketability. Discover your possibilities when you explore UCM’s Master of Arts in English program.

Earn your master’s degree in English your way

UCM’s Master of Arts in English program offers convenient class options for working professionals, out-of-state residents and international students. Enjoy flexibility when you fulfill requirements for your master’s in English in person, online or a combination of both. You can also complete your degree on a full- or part-time schedule to meet your timeline.

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12:1 or lower student-faculty ratio

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In-person and online courses

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Choose from a wide variety of electives

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Qualify to teach dual-credit courses

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Graduate assistantship opportunities

What you will study

Join other students completing their master’s in English on UCM’s Warrensburg campus for small class sizes that create a supportive environment to nurture your creativity. Our accomplished program faculty have diverse areas of literary expertise to help improve your abilities to read critically and analyze and write effectively in courses you choose. 

You may also strategically select courses that enable you to complete your master’s degree in English entirely online.

Master of Arts in English curriculum you’ll truly enjoy

At the University of Central Missouri, you can tailor your master’s in English to your liking. Aside from an introductory course and a final project, your coursework is comprised of electives that may include:

  • Shakespeare
  • Modern American Fiction
  • Women Writers of the United States
  • Ethnic American Literature
  • Postcolonial Literature

You’ll also have flexibility in completing the final project for your master’s in English when you choose a literary topic you’re passionate about for research. UCM alumni who hold a Master of Arts in English have investigated diverse and interesting topics such as lyric theory, the sublime in American poetry, Native American rhetoric and rhetoric in video games in the classroom.


Excellence in English

  • Enjoy total flexibility when completing your master’s in English at the University of Central Missouri. Choose a full- or part-time schedule of online and in-person coursework consisting of your choice of fascinating literature electives to achieve any career ambition.


Unique learning opportunities in English

At the University of Central Missouri, we believe your participation in hands-on activities outside of your coursework serves to enhance your master’s in English education and your career. Indulge in and share your appreciation for literature with these experiences:

  • Greater Kansas City Writing Project: Join this community of educators as they work to improve the teaching of writing for students’ benefit. The Greater Kansas City Writing Project at the University of Central Missouri is one of almost 200 university-based National Writing Project sites. Attend workshops led by area educators and take advantage of other valuable professional development opportunities.
  • Graduate assistantships: Sharpen or build new skills when you fulfill a graduate assistantship while completing your master’s degree in English. As a graduate assistant, you’ll lead undergraduate English courses and guide students in literary analysis while you earn financial benefits.


What can you do with a master’s in English from UCM?

Completion of your Master of Arts in English requirements enables you to fulfill goals on your current career path or to apply for other master’s degree in English jobs.

For example, as a high school educator, your master’s in English will qualify you to teach dual-credit English courses. You’ll improve your students’ learning outcomes as a literary expert, and your achievements can increase your earning potential. 

You may also choose to build on your success in graduate school and pursue a doctoral or MFA degree. UCM faculty are available for support in your application process and to provide you with recommendation letters.

Master’s degree in English jobs outside of education 

The skills you gain in writing, research and communication are needed in every industry, so a Master of Arts in English is an asset in any professional work environment. Among your opportunities are:

  • Grant writer or proposal writer
  • Corporate communications director
  • Instructional designer
  • Content writer or copywriter
  • Newspaper or magazine editor
  • Technical writer
  • Public relations manager

Use the interactive tool below to view career options with a master’s in English and see the opportunities that await you.




Financial assistance options for your master’s degree in English

Whether to enhance your value as an educator or change your career trajectory altogether, a decision to invest in a master’s degree in English can help you realize your goals. The University of Central Missouri offers several resources to help finance your college education, including loans, grants and opportunities for graduate assistantships. 

Scholarships for a master’s in English at UCM

The UCM Scholarship Finder makes it easy to search and apply for various scholarships in one place. In addition to general university scholarships, you may qualify to apply for exclusive program scholarships that include:

  • Charles Francis Martin & Maude Williams Martin Scholarship
  • Elbert J. and Elizabeth T. Barnes English Scholarship
  • Kinkead Scholarship


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Take your degree further.

Interested in pursuing a doctoral degree or advanced study? UCM faculty are available for support, whether you’re considering various programs around the country or the following UCM degrees: 

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Make yourself more marketable.

Enhance your graduate education by earning certification in another specialty. Apply credits earned for your master’s in English towards a UCM graduate certificate. Your options include:

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Explore programs related to English studies.

Further your education career, become an English language expert or expand your knowledge of literary or historical works with one of the following UCM master’s degree programs: 


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