The BYU Master of Arts in English is a two-year program including 26 hours of coursework and 6 hours of thesis writing. It is designed to prepare students for doctoral work or careers in teaching, writing, or editing. In contrast to Ph.D. granting institutions, BYU’s English department devotes all of its graduate resources to its MA students combining a reasonable tuition with significant financial support. Although these paid positions are not guaranteed, most graduate students avail themselves of opportunities as composition instructors, teaching assistants and research assistants. A dynamic Graduate Student Association helps foster a sense of collegiality with a variety of activities including dinner at faculty homes and hosting an annual graduate conference.
The 55 graduate faculty members provide a well-rounded program with depth in Literature, Rhetoric and Composition, and Creative Writing. An active research faculty with a commitment to mentoring results in innovative and interesting theses. Graduate seminars expose students to some of the most significant developments in English studies with recent seminars in Visual Rhetoric, Postwar Fiction and the Politics of Dissent, and Contemporary Chicano Literatures as well as writing seminars on poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. The program has a strong record of placement in Ph.D. programs for those going on in academics while also providing a valuable intellectual foundation for students pursuing others fields such as technical writing, publishing, and the law.