The Master of Arts degree program provides focused, in-depth study of literature, practical experiences in literary criticism and research and opportunities for advanced levels of writing. Judicious selection of courses under the guidance of the student's advisor may provide additional focus to the program through special course clusters in areas such as pedagogy, literary theory, rhetoric/composition, or specific periods of interests.
Graduates of the program will be prepared to enter a wide range of fields and/or to pursue additional advanced levels of study such as the Ph.D. in English. The program enables teachers currently in the field to develop special areas of interest, to pursue these in depth, and to enhance their skills in teaching, research, and writing. In addition, graduates can pursue professional study in law, theology, medicine (with appropriate science and mathematics preparation), library science, communications, media, and business. The M.A. in English is excellent preparation for any profession or occupation that stresses language usage, such as writing.
- Fall and Spring Admissions: Rolling Admissions
Applicants must apply to the University of Northern Colorado Graduate School before the program area reviews the applicant’s request for admission. To apply, submit the following materials in a single packet along with the application fee. Failure to submit all required materials will delay the evaluation and screening of your application.
- Literary-critical writing sample of at least 10 pages. Please make sure your writing sample includes page numbers. (You will upload this after you have completed and submitted the online application.)
- Candidate/Cover letter (You will upload this after you have completed and submitted the online application.)
- $50 non-refundable application fee
- International Students: $60 non-refundable application fee
- Completed online application
- Two letters of Recommendation which speak to your work as a student. (You will start this process after you have completed and submitted the online application.)
- One official copy of transcripts from all accredited college or university attended since completing high school. UNC Alumni do not need to submit transcripts
Students may also apply for three kinds of Assistantships, each of which carry a stipend and tuition waiver. Teaching Assistants are trained to teach first-year composition (ENG 122 and 123) and/or to serve as tutors in the Writing Center. Research Assistants aid faculty in pursuit of their research goals. Some Graduate Assistants coordinate the mounting of UNC’s International Film Series, as well as the screening of films for the department’s Film Program. Other GAs will pursue editorial work on The CEA Critic, the scholarly journal of the College English Association.
In order to apply for these assistantships, simply include a one-page letter with your application, detailing your interest in and qualifications for any of the positions.
If you have already applied for admission, and wish to apply for an assistantship, simply send your one-page letter to:
Sarah Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sarah Allen, Assistant Professor of English
- Kristin Bovaird-Abbo, Assistant Professor of English
- Kenneth Chan, Associate Professor of Film Studies
- Joseph Chaves, Associate Professor of English
- Molly Desjardins, Assistant Professor of English
- Marcus Embry, Professor of English
- Lahcen Ezzaher , Professor of English
- Emily Golson, Professor of English
- Joonok Huh, Professor of English
- Jeri Kraver, Professor of English
- Norman Peercy, Professor of English
- Tracey Sedinger, Professor of English
- Ben Varner, Professor of English
- Lisa Zimmerman, Assistant Professor of English