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English (M.A.)
English (M.A.)

English (M.A.)

  • ID:ASU10083
  • Level:Master's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • You should have an undergraduate degree Grade Point Average of at least 2.75/4.0. Some degree programs require a higher Grade Point Average, though. See below for the full list of Grade Point Average requirements for each major.

  • If you have completed any previous graduate/master’s degree courses, you must have an overall graduate level Grade Point Average of at least a 3.0/4.0.

English Requirements

Incoming international graduate students must meet one of the criteria’s set forth in the below chart.

  • Completion of A-State's ESL Program: 90% or Above

  • Completion of CEA accredited language program: Completion certificate for completing all levels

  • Completion of HOFT Institute ESL Program: Completion certificate of the program

  • TOEFL-Paper Based*: 550

  • TOEFL-Paper Based, Revised*: 60

  • TOEFL-Internet Based***: 79

  • IELTS*: 6.0

  • PTE (Pearson Test of English Academic): 56

  • iTEP Academic Plus*: 4.5

  • EIKEN: Grade Pre-1

  • SAT scores**: 550 (total on the Evidence-Based Reading/Writing score)

  • ACT scores**: 21 (total, and on both English and Reading sections)

  • High School Marks (India, Nepal and Pakistan): 65% in English at X and XII in Certificate

  • High School Marks (Kenya): 75% in English in Grade 10 and Grade 12

  • IB (International Baccalaureate): 5, 6 or 7 on English: Literature or Language & Literature

  • University Graduate from USA, UK, Canada (except Quebec), Australia and New Zealand: Must have completed two years there and graduated

  • Duolingo English Test: 105

*A-State’s institutional code to receive electronic tests is 6011.

**Test scores cannot be older than 2 years.

***Currently accepting TOEFL, internet based at home test.

Course Information

The M.A. in English requires 30 semester hours of course work without a thesis or, optionally, 24 hours plus a thesis. The program gives students the opportunity to broaden their academic background and to develop expertise in specialized areas.

Our program is by and large a literature program preparing students for teaching at the community college level or for entering doctoral programs in English, although our graduates do go into many other fields.

A limited graduate enrollment assures a student-professor ratio conducive to a mutual exchange of ideas outside as well as within the classroom. Each student is assigned an adviser who makes every effort to draw the student into the scholarly community. This has proven to be one of the program's  greatest asset.

Graduate students in English are offered the opportunity to work as editorial assistants for Arkansas Review, with the possibility of moving up to editorial positions. Tasks fulfilled by editorial assistants include typing and proofreading of copy, managing business correspondence, meeting weekly with the general editor, assigning book reviews, screening manuscripts, preparing mailings, delivering copies to the post office and local bookstores, working with authors, and attending regional and statewide conferences and festivals to promote the journal. The experience gained as an editorial assistant can prepare a student for work at other scholarly journals or in the commercial magazine and other publishing areas.

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

The English department aids in helping its graduates secure employment or enter doctoral programs. Members of the department write recommendations, provide contacts, and secure job interviews.  To date the department record has been outstanding.  ASU graduates have been employed throughout the country in business, industry, and education.  Though we recognize that one of our important tasks is to prepare high school and community college teachers, some of our students have been accepted in Ph.D. programs at such universities as Iowa, Arizona, Tennessee, Texas Christian, Kentucky, and Missouri. 

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Health Insurance: $1100 USD per year 

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