Texas Tech University

MA in English

The MA program in English encourages students at once to prepare across several literary periods and genres and--if they wish--to focus their work upon a particular area of study that will lead to a specialized MA thesis. Our goal is a program that is flexible enough to allow at once for broad study of English for those wishing to prepare for a career in secondary teaching, and for sustained work in an area of the student's choice, as preparation either for pursuit of the PhD or for a career in publishing, writing, or a related field. Recent MA graduates have gone on to our own PhD program and to programs at LSU, UMass, Indiana, Maryland, Claremont, Purdue, Florida, Rice, Kansas, and Texas A & M, among others. Others have gone on to successful careers in teaching, publishing, technical writing, and similar fields.

The Online MA program is the same as the onsite one, with a different mode of delivery so that you can earn your degree without moving to Lubbock. The requirements for the MA online will be the same as for on-campus students and can be found in the Graduate Student Handbook as noted below. The application process is the same; visit the Admissions page for the relevant application deadlines. Admitted MA students may take courses either online or face to face.

Apply Now

Our MA requires 36 hours of coursework and requires students to take courses in:

  • American Literature-3 hours
  • British Literature-3 hours
  • Comparative Literature-3hours
  • Critical, Research, and/or Pedagogical Methods-6 hours
  • First Year Writing Practicum-3 hours

The other 18 hours may be distributed across additional courses in literature, linguistics, and (when permitted) creative writing. Up to 6 of these hours may even come in the form of a degree minor in another discipline, including but not limited to comparative literature, women's studies, history, philosophy, religion, art history, and theatre.

On average, the graduate program in English offers eighteen to twenty seminars each semester in fields ranging from Beowulf to Virginia Woolf, and from the history of the British novel to contemporary world drama. Specific information is available about study in:

Besides these opportunities, MA students participate in our innovative Professional Development Curriculum, which offers students the chance to prepare for whatever their professional future might hold: a career based upon the work done for the MA, or pursuit of a PhD in English or a related field. Students in our MA program are also eligible for assistantship support from the Department of English, annual support for travel to professional conferences, and state of the art library and computer facilities.

Program links

Helpful links


Dr. Julie Nelson Couch
Director / Advisor
Graduate Studies in Literature, Creative Writing and Linguistics

About the area

picture of campus

Lubbock is the "Hub City" of west Texas, eastern New Mexico and western Oklahoma--the center of commerce and culture for a giant swath of the sunny southwest.

  • 263 days of sun each year
  • Altitude: 3,000 feet
  • Average high temp: 80.1º F
  • Average low temp: 52.3º F
  • Population: 220,000