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English M.A.

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    English M.A.

    Apply advanced skills and knowledge in English studies across an array of social, political and economic environments in Alaska and beyond.

Explore the English master’s degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

With an emphasis on scholarship in a broader context, UAA’s Master of Arts in English encompasses rhetoric, linguistics, writing studies and literature to develop your ability to write and communicate in elegant and sophisticated ways.

English scholarships and financial aid
Get help paying for college through tuition waivers, scholarships and awards, such as the English Book Award. Visit the UAA Office of Financial Aid to learn more.

A modern degree
The UAA English Department keeps its curriculum up to date to reflect changing perspectives within Alaska and beyond while preparing graduate students for success in advanced studies and diverse career fields.

Degree program options
UAA offers English classes in Anchorage, at regional satellite campuses and online. You can earn a bachelor’s in English degree by taking all face-to-face classes or a hybrid of the two.

English advising
Receive mentorship and guidance from a graduate coordinator, faculty advisor and graduate committee to help you select classes, complete degree requirements, explore areas of specialization and design your thesis or project.

Student clubs for English majors
Among UAA’s 100 student clubs on campus are activities specifically for English majors. Join the Creative Writing Club or UAA’s student chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society. In addition to scholarly and social programming, Sigma Tau Delta offers prizes, scholarships and awards for excellence in writing.

English M.A.

Degree Type:

  • Master

Program Length: Two years

Availability:Anchorage campus

Other program options: Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and literary arts

What can you do with an English degree from UAA?

With an enhanced ability to write for and communicate with diverse audiences, you will be prepared for more specialized Ph.D. programs and a variety of jobs in teaching, writing, editing and related fields.

English graduate programs

  • Ph.D. in English
  • Informatics
  • Speech-language pathology
  • Advanced linguistics

English careers

  • Publishing
  • Education
  • Media
  • Advertising
  • Government

English master’s degree program highlights

Explore diverse strategies for thinking creatively, researching thoroughly, writing effectively and arguing analytically.
Choose a faculty advisor for your thesis or project. Program faculty have specializations and expertise in a variety of fields, so you can work with someone who aligns with your academic interests and career goals. Their specialties include the history of English in Alaska, discourse analysis, language and aging, science and nature writing, medievalism, African-American literature, popular culture and digital gaming.

Receive one-on-one attention from program faculty and staff. The small size of the program means you gain numerous advantages along the way to becoming an English scholar, from a personalized study plan to strong connections with your instructors and peers.
Use advanced technology in the English department’s Digital Composition Studio (D.C.S.). Featuring a recording booth for voiceovers and podcasts, this high-tech computer lab is a collaborative space to create multi-modal projects. The D.C.S. is also equipped with computer stations that include microphones, headphones and advanced software, as well as access to UAA’s ePortfolio program and free website building tools, so you can freely create podcasts, websites, visual essays, digital posters and more.

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Organize and participate in the Pacific Rim Conference on English Studies. Co-hosted by Sigma Tau Delta and English graduate students, the annual event features keynote speakers, as well as discussions and presentations on a variety of English-related topics.

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Contribute to Understory, the English department’s annual anthology of prose, poetry, plays and short film, featuring scholarly works from UAA students in rhetoric and composition, language and linguistics, literary studies and creative writing.

English master’s degree program curriculum

UAA’s English M.A. coursework combines a series of required classes with optional electives to build on your undergraduate experience while helping you explore your own academic interests.

The program begins with topics in English studies, style and stylistics, texts and contexts, research writing and critical theory and culminates in either an independent project or a thesis.

Top classes for English graduate students

  • Advanced Studies in Style and Stylistics
  • Individual Research