The Department of English

The Master of Arts in English

The Master of Arts in English program at Chico State University welcomes all students in the major who are interested in further postgraduate studying in English. The program is designed for students to study literature, linguistics, rhetoric and composition, grammar, literacy, and creative writing at advanced levels.

The program offers students to engage in advanced work, engaging with our professors who specialize in rhetoric and literacy; creative writing; British, American, multicultural, and international literature; and the study of the English language. Graduate students are given opportunities to attend seminars and conferences, receive professional training in editing and composing for publications, teach classes in their field, and gain valuable experiences through internships related to their interests.

Chico State students in the Master’s program have continued on to find success in further graduate work, teaching, writing, editing, managing web content, publishing, and journalism.

Continuous enrollment is required. At the discretion of the academic program, a maximum of 6 semester units of special session credit earned in non-matriculated status combined with all transfer coursework may be counted toward the degree requirements.  This applies to special session credit earned through Open University, or in courses offered for academic credit through Regional and Continuing Education. All requirements for the degree are to be completed within five years of the end of the semester of enrollment in the oldest course applied toward the degree. See the Master’s Degree Requirements in the University Catalog for complete details on the general degree requirements.

The Master's program in English is available to students whose undergraduate record qualifies them according to the standards set forth by the Office of Graduate Studies and the Department of English. Students who don't have the equivalent of a major in English must complete the equivalent of a general English minor.

Graduate Teaching in the English Department:

    Full applications include:

  • a letter of application,
  • a detailed syllabus, including a complete course calendar/schedule, and a rationale (i.e, a brief explanation of the scope and focus of the course) for the course you wish to teach, and
  • a letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor (typically, your English 689T mentor or instructor for Engl 634).
  • For TAs in EFLN: a second letter from an observer of the applicant’s EFLN teaching or foreign language tutoring is also required.

Graduate Coordinator

Laura Sparks

Laura Sparks
Phone: 530-898-5124
Location: ARTS 272

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