College of Arts and Letters2013-2014

Department of English

English - General English, Master of Arts

This plan will not be available to new students after Summer 2015

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?

Are you a K-12 teacher? Or are you preparing for a PhD program? Maybe you're a working professional looking to expand your knowledge. In any case, our flexible MA can offer you valuable education and experience.

You can shape a program to suit your own goals-we offer literature, professional writing, literacy, composition, English Education, linguistics, and second-language teaching classes. Whatever your passion, our collaborative and welcoming atmosphere will help you find and develop it.

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.


Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • NAU Graduate Online application is 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 the Graduate Admissions Policy
    • International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy 

    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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