Masters Program in English

The Masters Program in English

MA Students

Welcome to the MA Program in the Department of English at Wake Forest University. Current and prospective students will find information here on applying to the program, degree requirements, financial assistance, the graduate faculty, and the intellectual life of the University and beyond.

Wake Forest is widely recognized as belonging among the finest universities in the United States. The English Department has contributed to this success by consistently being one of the most active research departments on campus. Consisting of over thirty-five members, our faculty is large and active, publishing within and beyond their specialties. Our offerings cover a broad selection of courses in English and American literature, in fields ranging from early medieval culture to literary theory, international approaches to Romanticism, science and literature, film and literature, feminism and queer studies, Marxist studies, and African-American, Ethnic American, and postcolonial literatures. Our offerings also include courses in Composition-Rhetoric, Writing Studies, Language theory and analysis, and Creative Writing. With small classes and an informal professional relationship between students and faculty, we provide many occasions for intellectual exchange. The department hosts a robust series of lectures by distinguished scholars from other universities, as well as readings by nationally and internationally recognized novelists and poets, sponsored by the department and by the Wake Forest University Press, the major publisher of contemporary Irish poetry in the United States. 

We seek to support our students by allowing you to tailor fit your graduate education to suit your professional goals and interests. Generous financial aid packages make a graduate degree in English at Wake Forest more affordable for our top applicants than Masters programs at most public universities.  In addition to offering a range of graduate seminars, the program also holds regular colloquia on applying to graduate school, teaching and pedagogy, attending conferences, thesis writing seminars, and navigating the transition from graduation to life beyond the MA by linking up our students with the Graduate School’s Professional Development Office..

In recent years, our students have pursued diverse professional paths after graduation. Some graduates have gone on to doctoral study at excellent institutions (including Cornell University, Duke University, Princeton University, Purdue University, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Virginia, to name a few). Other graduates have obtained teaching positions at community colleges and at the advanced secondary level, including winning Fulbright Teaching Fellowships.

Still others have sought careers in the publishing industry, academic administration, nonprofit and public service, National Public Radio, and foundations such as the Carnegie Foundation. No matter where you land after graduation, we are here to support you. Above all, we hope your time in the graduate program enables you to develop advanced writing and thinking skills to foster your intellectual and interpersonal growth in a rapidly changing world.

The culture among the graduate students here has been very warm and congenial, fostering a true sense of community: our students are genuinely supportive of one another both in the classroom and through university events, dinners, and social gatherings.

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