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BYU’s English Master of Arts Program  (MA)

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 the option of selecting an emphasis in  American, British; or Rhetoric and Composition. 

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 upcoming seminars in Planetary Modernism ,  Indigenous American Literatures, Dystopian Worlds and Contemporary British Literature, and History of Rhetoric. 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, fields in teaching,  and the law.

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Master of Arts in Creative Writing (MFA)

Come study in the Rocky Mountains, in the city that Outside Magazine lauds as the second best place to live in the U.S.  That’s right: Provo, UT.  With ample opportunities to ski, hike, camp, fish, and bike just minutes from campus.  In BYU’s two-year program, not only do students complete a thesis in poetry, fiction or nonfiction, but they have excellent teaching options in first-year composition, advanced writing, and beginning creative writing.  Our award-winning faculty members are generous with their time but rigorous in their expectations.  Each fall we sponsor a two-day writing retreat in Capitol Reef (a national park).   Our program also provides generous funding for travel to AWP or a similar conference.  The department sponsors a weekly reading series that features not only regional writers but international greats such as Derek Walcott,  Marilynne Robinson, Yusef Komunyakaa, Terry Tempest Williams, and Robert Pinsky. 

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