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English (Graduate)

Focus on serious intellectual work in writing, teaching and literary studies while living and working in the incomparable landscape of the Northern Rocky Mountains and Yellowstone region.

English – Master of Art (M.A.)

Focused on writing, teaching, and literary studies, the graduate English program at Montana State covers a range of literary topics from different countries of origin and time periods, but always centering on a focus on the vital role of space. Such inquiry may consider the iconic terrain of the American West, the battlefields of Europe, and other settings both rural and urban. Students develop close mentoring relationships with faculty members who have expertise in fields such as writing studies, education and pedagogy, British literature and the literature of the American West.




Lecturers in the English department include professor Marvin Lansverk, whose selection as a Montana University System Regents Teaching Scholar will allow him to create curriculum to teach faculty how to implement service learning throughout the entirety of Montana’s state universities.




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Go West
Montana State houses the Ivan Doig papers and is also the location of the Ivan Doig Center for the Study of the Lands & Peoples of the North American West.

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The Writing Center
The Department of English is the home of the award-winning Montana State Writing Center, a dynamic, collaborative environment that fosters and maintains a vibrant community of writers across the MSU campuses.

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Work-Life Balance
Livability has previously ranked Bozeman as one of its Best Places to Live four years in a row, including the #1 best place to live in Montana, calling the city a "tech-savvy, economically vibrant, highly educated city on the grow" with year-round natural attractions.



Fund Your Education

The Graduate School at Montana State is dedicated to helping students secure funding during their time at MSU. Some resources the Department of English and Graduate School offer includes:

The department awards up to six teaching assistantships to top applicants each year. Graduate students may apply for departmental teaching assistantships, which are awarded on a competitive basis. To apply for an assistantship, discuss your interest in teaching in the personal essay you will submit as part of your application packet.

Further Opportunities

Graduate English students have gone onto pursue the following opportunities:

  • Furthering their studies through PhD programs in literature or writing studies, as well as MFA programs in creative writing.
  • Teaching in secondary education and higher education, work in the business sector and work for non-profit agencies







Admissions Requirements

Each program within the Graduate School at Montana State has its own particular requirements for admission, and the English program is no different. To ensure that you start your application on the right foot, please review the admissions requirements for the English program. This includes any additional deadlines that the Department of English may have aside from the Graduate School, which does practice rolling admissions.