College of Arts and Letters2014-2015

Department of English

English - General English, Master of Arts

Students can take courses in literature, professional writing and technology, literacy, composition, English Education, linguistics, and second-language teaching. Students often focus their elective coursework in a particular area in order to combine the master's degree with one of the English Department's certificate programs such as the Professional Writing Certificate.


What Can I Do with a Master of Arts in English - General English?

The M.A. in General English is geared toward K-12 teachers who are looking to expand their knowledge as professionals in the classroom. In our flexible program, you will receive valuable education and experience, with opportunities to take courses in literature, rhetoric and composition, English Education, linguistics, and second-language teaching courses.

University Requirements

  • To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)

    You must additionally complete:

    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
    • All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
    • All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 36
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Optional
Research Individualized research is required.
Some online/blended coursework Required
Progression Plan Link View Program of Study


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • NAU Graduate Online application required ( for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
    • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent. 
    • Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
    • Transcripts
    • For details on graduate admission policies, please visit .
    • International applicants have additional admission requirements:

    Individual program admission requirements include:

    • 3 letters of recommendation
    • Writing sample
    • Personal statement or essay
Master's Requirements
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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