Oregon State University

Master of Arts Program in English

master of arts in english

The MA program in English within the School of Writing, Literature, and Film allows graduate students to work closely with faculty while pursuing advanced study in literature, rhetoric, culture, and film.  MA students choose one of two areas of emphasis:

1) Literature and Culture, or

2) Rhetoric, Writing and Culture

Program requirements are focused but flexible, ensuring that every student will be trained in current methodologies and will study contexts and interdisciplinary exchange as well as the primary texts of specific historical periods. 

Program Highlights

  • Strong funding record.  The MA Program offers two sources of funding.

• All applicants to the MA/English program are invited to apply for Graduate Teaching Assistantships, which provide full tuition remission and a living stipend.  First-year GTAs teach WR 121, OSU’s first-year composition course.  Based on School needs, second-year GTAs with appropriate training are eligible to teach selected sections of business/professional writing or apply to lead a discussion section for a lower-division literature course. 

• All applicants are automatically considered for Tuition Scholarships, covering part or all of resident or non-resident tuition.

  • Thesis experience. All MA students write original theses, closely mentored by one primary advisor and two additional faculty members. Theses give students the chance to complete a work of substantial original scholarship. Congratulations to one of our recent graduates, Liz Delf, for winning the OSU Distinguished Master’s Thesis Award!
  • ENG 514: Introduction to Graduate Studies provides the full incoming cohort with the methodological foundation for graduate work, while fostering a sense of community and building close working relationships among the graduate students.
  • Pedagogical Training. In addition to the Graduate Teaching Assistantships offered within the School of Writing, Literature, and Film, students may see tutorial or GTA experience by applying to the Writing Center, the Writing Intensive Curriculum program, or INTO-OSU (a program of English-oriented courses for international students).  
  • Scholarly Connections. The School of Writing, Literature, and Film regularly hosts lectures and workshops for graduate students by prominent writers and critics, including events in the Critical Questions series.  The MA program also sponsors a graduate symposium, holds professional development workshops, and nominates students for University-wide travel awards. 
  • Strong Outcomes. Our graduates have gone on to teaching or administrative positions at the secondary and university levels; to professional careers in business, government, and publishing; and to PhD programs at Cornell University, University of Iowa, Loyola University of Chicago, Oklahoma State University, Penn State, UC Boulder, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, University of Dayton, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Oregon, University of Washington, Washington State University, and other institutions.

More information can be found by following the links below.  For other questions, please contact Graduate Coordinator, Peter Betjemann.

Contact Info

Writing, Literature, & Film 238 Moreland Hall 541.737.3244
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