M.A. in English

The English Department offers graduate students opportunities to work with faculty whose scholarship has won recognition at the national and international level. That scholarship encompasses the three principal areas of English Studies: language, literature, and writing.  Click here for information on admissions.

Linguistics: With five faculty members in linguistics, UNC Charlotte has an especially broad list of linguistics graduate courses that apply linguistic theory to composition and second-language instruction and to the study of oral communication and texts.  

Literature: Members of the UNC Charlotte literature faculty conduct research on British, American, and post-colonial literatures written in English; their research examines both traditional literary figures and contemporary writers whose work is expanding the literary canon.

In addition, the Department of English offers one of the largest and most influential Children’s Literature faculties in the United States.

Writing: UNC Charlotte’s writing faculty conduct research and teach courses in creative writing, rhetorical theory, composition theory, and professional/technical writing. The University is a site of the National Writing Project and writing faculty serve as writing consultants nationally and internationally.

Students matriculating into the UNC Charlotte graduate program have many options available to them as the consider the areas of study they want to pursue for the M.A. in English. Students may choose from among eight concentrations:

The English Department also offers a Certificate in Technical/Professional Writing and a Certificate in Applied Linguistics; credits can be doublecounted if students are dually enrolled in an M.A. and a certificate program.  Other popular certificate programs among our students are the certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies and the certificate in Africana Studies.

Graduate students have opportunities to interact with one another and grow professionally as members of the English Graduate Student Association. This association plans numerous social and professional events each academic year, chief among them the annual EGSA Conference sponsored every January.

Students in the English graduate program may also receive support from scholarships and teaching assistantships. Applicants to the M.A. in English who are seeking funding must apply by March 1st for the following fall semester.  Applications for the prestigious Russell M. Robinson II Scholarship are also due on March 1; an application letter should be uploaded at http://scholarships.uncc.edu.  Students in their first year who plan to do the thesis option may apply for the Ruff Graduate Research Award; the deadline is March 30.

For more information, please contact:

Professor Lara Vetter
Director of Graduate Studies
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