English Department

MA English

Designed to meet the needs of teachers and writers seeking professional training and credentials, students planning to go on to doctoral programs at other universities, and others preparing for a profession or pursuing cultural interests, the Master of Arts program in English at Cleveland State University allows students to focus on literature, critical theory, cultural studies, linguistics, and/or pedagogy.

Through this program, you will develop

  • analytical skills to interpret texts and to defend your interpretations effectively;
  • excellent facility in written and spoken language;
  • a thorough awareness of a particular field within the study literature, theory, cultural studies, linguistics, or pedagogy;
  • the capacity to produce scholarly or critical written work that could lead to publication in reputable venues.

Most classes are offered between 4:00 and 8:00 pm weeknights. A few courses are offered online and during summer sessions. Though we encourage foreign language proficiency, there is no foreign language requirement.

Two Tracks to Degree Completion

2023 Graduate Catalog

  • MA Literature (Thesis option): 33 credits minimum
  • MA Literature (Portfolio option): 36 credits minimum

For more information, contact:
Julie Burrell (j.m.burrell@csuohio.edu)
Director, Graduate Studies in English