English | Master of Arts Degree

The Graduate Program provides students with scholarly training in English language and literature. Students can specialize in the full range of literary fields, including rhetoric and composition. The program equips students with the theories and methods of linguistic and literary analysis that will prepare them for professional careers. The department program is student-centered, offering personalized programs of study, small classes, and a strong community.

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Application Deadline for Beginning Term The Application Package Apply Online
Fall: Jan. 1 Transcript(s); Three (3) Letters of Recommendation; GRE G scores; Résumé; Professional Goal Statement; Writing Sample
(Advantages of the web application)
Spring: No admittance
Summer: No admittance
Tel. No.: 314.977.3010
Chair: Toby Benis, Ph.D.
Graduate Education Director: Joseph Weixlmann, Ph.D.

Assistantship Application Deadline: January 1

Required Additional Application Materials for International Students

Check our English Proficiency Policy page for specific TOEFL and IELTS score requirements. You may also visit our international prospects, applicants and students page for more information about international application requirements.

Applicant Criteria

  • Standardized test scores are considered as well as GPA and TOEFL (if applicable)
  • All application items are viewed as components that lead to a holistic admissions

English Application Review Process: Faculty committee members examine applicants' materials and make admission and funding recommendations.

Credit Hours/Course Work | English Course Offerings

Non-thesis: 30 hours of course work beyond the B.A., including courses in the teaching of writing, research methods, and literary theory, as well as a comprehensive exam.

Thesis: 24 hours of course work beyond the B.A. and six hours of thesis course work for 30 total hours, plus a comprehensive exam.

Program Description | Graduate Studies in English

Non-thesis: Requires 30 hours of course work beyond the B.A. All M.A. students, in their first semester, are required to take a class in the teaching of writing, and subsequently to take courses in the methods of literary research and critical theory. At the conclusion of what is normally a two-year program, students take a one-hour oral examination on works drawn from a list that is made available to them at the outset of their program.

Thesis: Gives students the option of substituting a thesis for six hours of course work. Under this option students select a topic in consultation with a director, and have their completed work read by a board consisting of the director and two other faculty members. Students are also examined orally on both the thesis and the general M.A. reading list.

Career Possibilities: Recent graduates have accepted tenure-track faculty positions at Creighton, University of Central Florida, University of Detroit-Mercy, Missouri University of Science and Technology (Rolla), Truman State University, and University of North Texas, Dallas. Those pursing non-academic paths include a Document Analyst at the National Geospace Intelligence Agency, the Corporate Training Manager at Enterprise Holdings, and the Director of Research Communication at Washington University's School of Medicine.

Curriculum & Program Details: Students have many opportunities to tailor their curricula to meet their educational and professional needs. | English Master's Program

About the English Faculty: The Department of English is enriched by a diverse group of globally recognized faculty members with a variety of composition and literary specialties. | Faculty with the Dept. of English

Scholarships & Financial Aid: Master's students are awarded two-year assistantship packages. | Student Financial Services at SLU

Program Highlights: The English Graduate Organization (EGO) is a professional and social group for English graduate students. The department has an affiliation with Walter J. Ong, S.J., and the Ong Center for Language and Culture. In addition to participating in various writing programs, including University Writing Services, faculty and graduate students participate in departmental research colloquia and reading groups, and the department hosts the journal African American Review as well as the New Chaucer Society, the world's leading scholarly organization in medieval literature and culture.

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