Graduate Programs

NOTE: The M.A. in English is currently in a restructuring phase. While we are not admitting students for the fall 2017 semester, we expect to introduce the newly redesigned program soon. For further information, contact graduate program coordinator Dr. Audrey Becker at


The Master of Arts in English is designed to provide both theoretical and practical foundations for teaching English in community colleges or high schools. It is a 33-credit-hour program whose courses are offered in the evening and on weekends. Two required core courses will give a solid base for graduate English studies, while two 600-level advanced seminars will offer rigorous opportunities to explore various disciplinary topics in depth. The flexibly conceived Masters Project will provide an opportunity for students to further explore their topic of interest in literary works or in teaching composition.


The Master of Arts in English is open to any applicant who has successfully completed the requirements for a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education. In addition to the admission requirements as explained in the "Graduate Admissions" section of the graduate catalog, all applicants should submit two letters of recommendation and a substantial writing sample that demonstrates adequate preparation and potential for graduate work in English. After reviewing the completed application package, the Graduate Coordinator will schedule a personal interview.


To complete the master's degree, students must complete 33 credits of approved coursework

from the following requirements:

Two Required Core Courses

  • ENG 501 Foundations of Graduate English Studies (3 hours)
  • ENG 514 Literary Criticism (3 hours)

Two Required Advanced Seminar Courses

  • Two 3 credit hour Advanced Seminar courses (600 level courses)

Masters Project

  • ENG 660 Directed Reading (3 hours)
  • ENG 665 Masters Project (3 hours) 


15 credits; any mix chosen from 1-4 credit elective courses, seminars, or one independent study course (no more than 3 credit hours)


English Overview

English Overview

Marygrove's English program is designed to help students better examine and engage with the world through the development of high-level writing, reading, and critical thinking skills.

Contemporary American Author Lecture Series (CAALS)

Contemporary American Author Lecture Series (CAALS)

The CAALS brings a nationally-known author to Marygrove College each year for a public lecture and a seminar with students.

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