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Master of Arts (M.A.)

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in English offers students and professionals an opportunity to deepen literary knowledge, sharpen critical skills, and strengthen expository writing.

Program Overview

The M.A. program, with most courses offered in the evenings, is ideal for working professionals and those who are considering the eventual pursuit of a Ph.D. It also meets the content needs of secondary English teachers. The university allows up to eight years for the completion of the degree. Visit for admission requirements.


The required coursework covers a variety of topics in British, American, and world literature. Visit the online catalog for details:

Career Options

Many students in the program are already employed as English teachers at the secondary level, and seek to improve their knowledge and understanding of the subject. Others plan to continue their graduate studies and to pursue faculty positions at post-secondary institutions. The M.A. can also supplement careers in:

  • Editing
  • Journalism
  • Library science
  • Publishing
  • Writing

Application Deadline

Deadline for fall semester is July 15; winter deadline is November 15; spring/summer deadline is March 15. The $30 application fee is waived for undergraduate alumni of Grand Valley. Please visit

Why Study English at Grand Valley?

The M.A. program at Grand Valley State University has many advantages:

  • Award-winning teachers committed to academic rigor.
  • Professors who are active scholars with strong publication records.
  • Small classes (limit 15 students) to ensure intensive student-faculty collaboration.
  • Evening courses on the Allendale and Grand Rapids campuses to accommodate part-time students.
  • Flexible programming so students can pursue their own interests.

For More Information

Department of English


“The emphasis on a variety of literatures and critical perspectives gives graduate students the chance to explore the art we love while engaging in theory-driven, meaningful discussion that brings texts to life and pushes us to apply our analytic tools to literature and to life.”


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