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Join Us: English MA/MS at USU

Finishing your undergraduate degree and wondering what to do next?

Enjoyed your studies and maybe feeling a little sad they are over?

Pandemic left you unsure how to shape the next chapter in your life?

With the economy and workplaces in turmoil, it can be hard to see a clear career path. Graduate school may be the perfect place for you right now, a safe haven where you can find security and purpose in the next two years.

Our English Department offers Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees in Folklore and English (which includes a General English option and a specialization in Creative Writing), and a fully-online Master of Technical Communication.  Our programs offer a number of advantages you won’t necessarily find at other schools:

  • A flexible program of study. The close relationship between our varied master’s programs allows you some choice in the courses you take for your degree. For instance, a student in the Literature, Culture, and Composition specialization might take a class in Advanced Editing or in Teaching Online from the Technical Communication curriculum, while a Folklore student might take an elective class in 19th century British literature.
  • A supportive community. Our graduate programs and courses are small, with graduate seminars seldom exceeding 15 students, so you would have ready access to faculty members who care about your success in their classes and are willing to mentor you as you consider your career options. We provide a series of free professional development workshops to graduate students on such topics as developing a thesis, finding a scholarly identity, and preparing CVs and application letters for academic and non-academic jobs.
  • A chance to learn how to teach. If you apply for our English or Folklore programs, you can also apply for a Graduate Instructorship, which will provide you with a stipend and tuition remission as you teach your own sections of undergraduate first-composition. No prior teaching experience? No problem! We’ll train you. As a new GI, you will attend a week-long workshop right before you begin teaching and then take a graduate seminar during your first semester of teaching. You’ll learn about pedagogical theory, have your classes observed by by experienced instructors, and receive individual mentoring. This experience, together with the master’s degree, will qualify you to apply for teaching positions at two-year colleges.

See also our PhD in Technical Communication and Rhetoric

For details about scholarships and support, see Graduate Financial Information.


Dr. Keith Grant-Davie, Interim Director of Graduate Studies 

Contact Dr. Grant-Davie if you are interested in a graduate program in the English Department at USU or if you need advising during your program (coursework, thesis committee, etc.). 

Office:  RWST 310A
Phone: (435) 797-3547

Contact Carol Hatch, Graduate Program Coordinator, with questions on filling out forms, deadlines, and thesis completion.

Office: RWST 205
Phone: (435) 797-2734

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