Leah Lyons, English teacher and drama teacher PROFESSOR SUPPORTED HER CAREER GOALS: Leah Lyons, BA in Theater '07, MA in Teaching English, '09, teaches drama and English at Indiana Area High School in Indiana, Pa. She says Professor S. J. Miller "took extra time to see me teaching both English and drama. He made sure my letter of intent spoke to my strengths and qualifications in both." (Photo by www.JeremyJeziorski.com)

Unlock the Future Benefits

Pursuing a higher degree in English at IUP provides intellectual challenge, professional engagement, collegial enjoyment, and the keys to unlock a promising future.

Because English is the international language of the world and there is an increasing need for superior communicators in a global economy, a master's degree in English will increase your value and worth in the marketplace.

Furthermore, a survey by the Modern Language Association found IUP's doctoral programs in English to be among the most successful in advancing the careers of their graduates.


With an MA in English from IUP, you can pursue successful careers in:

  • Teaching
  • Publishing
  • Editing
  • Technical writing
  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Journalism
  • Film

With an MA in Teaching English, you can:

  • Teach secondary English in PA and other states

With a PhD in English, you are in a perfect position to become a:

  • College or university professor in English
  • Teacher to nonnative English speakers, both in the U.S. and abroad
  • Writing program administrator
  • Writing Center director
  • Academic administrators
  • Professional editor
  • High school teacher
  • Literacy researcher
  • Expert consultant

The path to higher degrees

With an MA in English, you can pursue a higher degree:

  • PhD in English
  • PhD in Composition and TESOL
  • PhD in Literature and Criticism