The Master of Arts in English focuses on writing, teaching, and literary studies.
The Master of Arts in English: English Education Option (MAE:EE) more heavily focuses
on pedagogical content knowledge and offers English language arts and literacy teachers
opportunities to innovate their classrooms and be leaders in the field.
Across both aspects of the MA in English, serious intellectual work takes place in
the landscape of the Northern Rocky Mountains and Yellowstone region. 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. The literature courses in the MA focus on how writing is born
from, intersects with, and creates landscapes. Our graduate classes cover a range
of literature from different countries of origin and time periods, but always with
a focus on the vital role of space. Such inquiry considers the iconic terrain of the
American West, the battlefields of Europe, and other settings both rural and urban.
At the same time, a full understanding of landscape entails mapping narrative minds
as we delve into the myriad fascination that writers and readers have with places
both familiar and alien. Our graduate students are able to tap into their various
identities of teacher, researcher, and learner and gain a network of English professors
and fellow graduate students to help advance their thinking.
Graduate courses within the English Education option stretch across the domains of
English and literacy teachers: the teaching and learning of literature, writing, linguistics,
literacies, interactions, and place. Through a commitment to critical perspectives
of English Education, literacy, learning, and pedagogy, we position teachers as public
intellectuals. We also believe that the work extends well beyond the classroom, flowing
into local communities. MAE:EE courses can be accessed remotely through online courses
and remote seminars. Students local to the Bozeman area are welcome to attend seminars
The Master of Arts degree requires 30 credits. Students may elect to write either
a scholarly thesis (Plan A) or a professional paper (Plan B). Plan A entails 20 hours
of course work and 10 hours of thesis. Plan B involves 24 hours of course work and
6 hours of professional paper. Our MA in English is a two-year program and our English
Education option is a two-three year program, depending on how teachers build their
schedules. Please see Program Requirements for more information.
Students’ interests for earning the degree varies. The MA in English can prepare students
to go on to PhD programs in literature or writing studies, as well as MFA programs
in creative writing. Students also go on to work in the business sector and for non-profit
agencies. The MAE:EE is a solid fit for those teachers interested in earning graduate
credits toward dual credit certification. Students in the MAE:EE continue teaching
at the secondary level and sometimes shift into higher education. Others pursue the
degree for personal enrichment.
Note: Most of our graduate students have completed the equivalent of a baccalaureate
degree in English. Students with undergraduate degrees other than English are encouraged
to apply; however, you may be required to take additional English courses as a condition
of your acceptance.