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English (M.A.)

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Words have power. Embrace them.


Through the study of writing, rhetoric, theory and literature, students in our online M.A. program develop highly-valued skills and capacities that will prove indispensable whether they are pursuing careers in education, creative or professional writing, business, publishing, advertising, consulting, marketing, public relations, law, technology or medicine. Our students are trained in writing, analysis, research, problem solving, project management and leadership. At the same time, they explore the ways in which literature—both that we read and that we write—deepens our understanding of ourselves, cultivates our knowledge of the world, and develops our empathy for others. Students who pursue the online M.A. in English position themselves not only to excel professionally, but to pursue meaningful work that fosters human connections, improves communities, and adds value to their lives and the lives of others.

Our flexible online M.A. program is perfectly suited to students whose schedules or geographic locations make it difficult or impossible to participate in an on-campus graduate program. Our online students choose from the same tracks and options as our on-campus students and take courses from the same faculty who teach in our on-campus program—faculty with expertise in British and American literature, juvenile literature, ethnic literature, women’s writing, creative writing, rhetoric, composition, professional and technical writing, publishing and editing, literary and cultural theory, legal studies, film studies and peace and conflict studies.

Opportunities for Careers and Further Education

  • Middle school or high school teaching
  • College or university teaching or advising
  • Editing and publishing
  • Creative, professional, technical and grant writing
  • Journalism
  • Marketing and sales
  • Public relations
  • Graduate school
  • Law school
  • Medical school
  • Library science

Select one of the following options:

Option A - Thesis
  • ENGL 798 - Thesis (COM)
  • Credits: 1-7 (6 credits required)
  • Electives Credits: 18
Option B - Research/ Design Paper
  • ENGL 788 - Master’s Research Problems/Projects (COM)
  • Credits: 1-6 (2 credits required)
  • Electives Credits: 24
Option C - Course Work Only
  • Electives Credits: 30

*Total Credits: 30 (Option A), 32 (Option B), 36 (Option C)

English Graduate Program Website

Program Contact

Paul Baggett, Ph.D.
SDSU Department of English and Interdisciplinary Studies
Phone: 605-688-5191

SDSU Continuing and Distance Education

Phone: 605-688-4154

SDSU Graduate Admissions

Phone: 605-688-4181