Department of English

O'Dowd Hall, Room 544
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-2250
fax: (248) 370-4429

Contact Us

Joanne Lipson Freed, Coordinator
540 O'Dowd Hall
(248) 370-2255

Master of Arts in English

The Master of Arts in English program provides training for students interested in reading, writing, and thinking about English and American literature at an advanced level. The basic curriculum emphasizes the major critical approaches rather than specialization within historical periods.

The program is designed to serve the needs of those whose eventual goal is the Ph.D. degree, those who teach in secondary schools and who are preparing to teach in junior and community colleges, and those seeking an opportunity to enhance their skills in responding to literature. All courses in the program are offered weekday evenings.

Literary and Cultural Events

The English Department hosts a variety of literary and art events on the Oakland campus, including the annual Maurice Brown Poetry Reading which features nationally eminent poets, and the Cultural Events series, which features guest creative writers and lecturers as well as English Department faculty.

Teaching Assistantships

All newly admitted and first-year graduate students are eligible to apply for positions as teaching assistants, who have the opportunity to work closely with a professor and to teach, grade, and tutor undergraduate students. While competition for the assistantships is rigorous, those chosen to be English Department teaching assistants gain particularly valuable experience in preparing for careers in teaching or graduate work at the Ph.D. level.

More information about assistantships.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program is selective. Chief qualifications are a Bachelor of Arts degree from an accredited institution and academic ability as indicated by the applicant's past record. An English major is not regarded as an indispensable background, but a substantial number of undergraduate English courses will normally be expected to appear in the applicant's record. 

Admission Procedure

To apply, please complete the online Application for Admission to Graduate Study and explain in a statement your reasons for wishing to pursue the advanced study of literature.

Please visit the M.A. in English overview page in the OU graduate catalog for information about additional requirements.