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The Master of Arts (MA) in English at Morehead State University offers students a comprehensive overview of advanced literary study as well as courses in creative and technical writing and linguistics. The 30-hour program offers a full array of internet courses in all the major areas of English studies. Morehead State is one of the few accredited schools in the nation to offer a master's in English completely online, and it is the first in the region to support a virtual learning environment fully. Students who pursue their degree at Morehead State are offered the flexibility of a self-paced distance learning program that is based on an adult model of education.

The department maintains a graduate English faculty who hold terminal degrees from a number of leading universities throughout the country. The size of the program assures careful, personal attention to student progress toward degree completion.


This program is offered online and at the Morehead campus.


Earn your master's degree online

As a regional institution serving a geographically isolated region, MSU has long made an investment in various forms of distance learning and currently offers a number of programs, including the Master of Arts (MA) in English, entirely online. Our online students build a solid background in English language and literature while benefiting from the flexibility of a virtual environment.

Program Requirements

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Conditional Admission

  1. General admission to graduate study*
  2. Completion of an undergraduate major or minor in English or equivalent, minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate English courses above the freshman level, to have included 12 credits of upper division English and American literature is strongly recommended. 

*Students who meet the requirement for admission to graduate study will be conditionally admitted.

Unconditional Admission

If, after completing 12 credit hours in English, which must include a required major author course, must achieve an MSU GPA of 3.5 or higher, with no grade lower than "B," their status will change from conditional to unconditional admission. Students who fail to maintain a 3.5 GPA or fail to take a major author course during their first 12 hours may gain unconditional admission by achieving a minimum score of 146 on the verbal section and 140 quantitative section of the GRE.


  1. Research Exam, taken in Major Author course (Competency 1)
  2. Embedded Course Documents (Competencies 4, 5, and 6)
  3. MA Exit Exam (Competencies 2 and 3)*

*The MA Exit Exam is a three-hour essay exam offered twice yearly, in April and November. No student may take the examination more than twice.


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Career Opportunities

A degree in English prepares students for fields in which expert writing and reading skills are valued, such as creative arts, law, public relations, and publishing.

MSU's Career Services offers career planning, interview and resume preparation assistance, internship placement, and services to help you find a job after you graduate.