Master of Arts in English

The Master of Arts program is a flexible one requiring 36 credit hours of graduate-level course work that includes a culminating directed research or directed writing project. There is no thesis or comprehensive examination. M.A. students, in consultation with faculty, can tailor their programs to prepare for careers in creative writing, the media arts, or the teaching of general literature and writing composition in community or small colleges, and at secondary or preparatory schools. M.A. students planning doctoral study can tailor their coursework to support projected fields of study and research and to anticipate professional ambitions as critics, scholars, teachers of a broad range of literature, teachers of college and professional writing, teachers of rhetoric and the pedagogy of composition, scholarly research writers, and professors of specialized areas of literature.


Applicants to the M.A. program must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, usually with at least 18 hours or the equivalent of work in literature and language (exclusive of composition or elementary and intermediate foreign language courses). Applications should include a 10-20 page sample of academic writing, acceptable scores on the general tests of the Graduate Record Examination, three letters of reference, and a personal statement. Please note that while there is no formal deadline for admission, the deadline for teaching assistantship applications in English is January 15.  For additional  Admission and Financial Aid information visit the University of Tulsa Graduate School

General Requirements

The M.A. program requires 36 hours of graduate-level course work, all of which is drawn from the full range of graduate offerings (7000- and 8000-level). The M.A. is a non-thesis program: in place of a thesis each student elects, in his/her final term, an independent research project, defined by the student in consultation with the graduate director and a member of the faculty. These projects are meant to build upon the student’s individual interests and program of courses, and so range widely in subject and approach.