2 years
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About this course

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in English at Western has three options: literature, writing, and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL). The program is housed in the English Department, which coordinates the literature option, whereas the Department of Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process coordinates the writing and TESOL options. The M.A. in English offers courses of study that students can apply toward advanced degrees or toward careers as writers or as teachers on the primary and secondary levels.

Entry Requirements

Prospective students for the Literature Option must include the following in their application:

  • a 500-word statement of purpose explaining why they want to pursue graduate studies in English
  • a writing sample, i.e., a substantial research essay on a literary topic (approximately 10 pages, typed, double-spaced, printed on 8-1/2-by-11 white bond paper).

Prospective students for the Writing and TESOL Options must include the following in their application: 

A substantial writing sample, i.e., an essay, 1,250 words minimum, typed, double-spaced, printed on 8 1/2-by-11 white bond paper. The department welcomes business reports, conference papers, and articles on nonacademic subjects, as well as formal research papers previously submitted for undergraduate or graduate credit. Examples of creative writing and/or lesson plans do not satisfy the writing requirement. All submissions will be retained by the Department of Writing, Linguistics, and Creative Process.

All applicants must have an entrance interview with the appropriate graduate coordinator. After the entrance interview, the graduate coordinator recommends whether or not to accept the applicant, or whether to accept the applicant conditionally (i.e., students may be asked to make up academic deficiencies) and forwards this recommendation to the Division of Graduate Studies.