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Fort Hays State University
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Rarick Hall 370
Phone: 785-628-4285

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Master of Arts in English Programs



The Department of English offers a Master's degree to take your studies to a deeper level. Depending on your needs, you can enroll in a traditional on-campus program or in the summer MA program for in-service teachers and other students needing a low-residency program. The program consists of 30 hours of on-campus coursework.

Our traditional MA program allows on-campus students the opportunity to work with outstanding faculty all year, devoting time to conference papers, individual research projects, and further career discovery. Students practice presenting in front of their classes and leading discussions, preparing them for teaching or further study in English.

Or enjoy the flexibility of the Summer MA program, which allows you to take up to five on-campus classes in the summer. Particularly designed for teachers but open to all students, summer residence students get the reading lists for the summer classes in December, take classes in June and July, and complete papers and projects by the following December. Dispersing your class responsibilities throughout the entire year allows you to complete your degree without disrupting your career.

Considering applying for our special low-residency Summer MA Program? Meet some of our recent students and hear what they have to say about the program.

Our TESOL concentration
allows students to pursue coursework that focuses on the teaching of English as a Foreign/Second Language. This concentration prepares students for teaching English across many context, including international work in English language instruction. (Currently not accepting applications)

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Program Summary (General Requirements for Both Programs)

The Master of Arts in English is a 30-credit hour program. The sole course common to all Master's students is ENG 826 Approaches to Graduate Studies in English. The remaining 27 elective hours are chosen from courses in many areas.

Program Requirements
MA English

At the end of your program, you will write a four-hour graduate examination based on limited reading lists in three specializations you choose. For complete details on the MA Programs, download the Guide to Graduate Study.  

How to Apply for the MA in English (Either Program)

Admission to the MA in English requires 3.0 GPA or higher in a minimum of 18 hours of English courses beyond the general studies composition courses as well as academic transcripts, two letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and a completed graduate school application. To learn more about applying to the FHSU Graduate School and the MA in English program, visit the FHSU Graduate School site.


You may also apply for scholarships offered through the English Department for graduate students; visit our Scholarships page to read more.

Contact the English Department if you have any questions or if you would like additional information.



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