Composition and Literature, MA

  • Graduate students in English

    Prepare for a competitive job market with our unique MA in Composition and Literature, gaining expertise in both subfields of English.

    We are the only master's degree program in English of this kind in the mid-Atlantic region. Our program provides a broad exposure to scholarship and pedagogy in composition and in literature, preparing you to excel in a variety of occupations, including teaching at the community college level or advanced doctoral work.

    What the MA in Composition and Literature Offers

    • Our unparalleled commitment to innovative pedagogy will provide you with experience building course syllabi, lesson plans, and your own teaching philosophies.
    • Students can tailor this MA to their own interests within the field, choosing from a variety of courses.
    • Graduates of the MA in Composition and Literature program are uniquely qualified for positions at teaching and community colleges or for PhD work in either literature or composition.

    Program Highlights 

    • Specialty in literary theory
    • High job placement rates
    • Summers-only option for academic residency
    • Experienced, dedicated faculty; emphasis on teaching
    • Individualized, comprehensive examinations
    • Friendly, supportive community; down-to-earth atmosphere

    More Information

    See our program handbook,  program requirements, course offerings, and Literature and Criticism newsletters.

    Program Coordinator

    Michael T. Williamson
    Graduate Coordinator
    724-357-5913 |