Master's Degree

English (M.A.)

Basic Degree Information/Description

The Master of Arts degree in English offers the student an opportunity to acquire a general knowledge of literatures written primarily in English, to understand the historical and cultural contexts in which that literature was produced, to develop skills in critical analysis, and to conduct literary, rhetorical, and linguistic research.  

The program enables students to advance in the field of English by studying various approaches to diverse literatures, preparing to teach literature and writing, and developing the intellectual and critical skills necessary for professional advancement.  The program provides a firm foundation for further study at the doctoral level and it offers a model of study that prepares students for the twenty-first century challenges of cultural diversity.

Why pursue a Master of Arts in English at UTSA?

  • We have a diverse and highly trained faculty who offer a range of courses in American, British, Multiethnic, and World literatures.
  • We offer graduate-level certificates in Creative Writing and Rhetoric-Composition. 
  • We offer study abroad opportunities in London, England; Toledo, Spain; and Urbino, Italy.

Requirements and Specific Deadlines

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree, exclusive of coursework or other study required to remove admission deficiencies, is 36.

Admission requirements and pre-requisites:

The applicant must have completed at least 18 semester credit hours of work (exclusive of freshman courses) in English.

Specific Degree Requirements:  In addition to satisfying the University-wide graduate admission requirements, the applicant must have completed at least 18 semester credit hours of work (exclusive of freshman course) in English with a grade point average of 3.3 (on a 4.0 scale) in all work taken in English at the upper-division and graduate levels.  This work must include at least 12 semester credit hours of upper-division English courses focusing on literature (does not include creative writing, linguistics, composition, and other courses not specifically focusing on literature); the student must have a grade point average of 3.3 in these courses.

Graduate Studies Application:  Yes

Department Application:  Yes, if applying for Departmental Financial Aid.

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended.  All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.

Test Scores: The GRE is required for admission into the program. These scores will be used as one element in the evaluation of application and will be considered in comparison with scores from other applicants.

Resume or CV:  Not required

Letters of Recommendation:  If applying for Departmental Financial Aid, three letters of recommendation are required.

Statement of Purpose:  Recommended

Other Degree Requirements:  If applying for Departmental Financial Aid, a writing sample (8 to 10 pages; literary analysis) is required.

Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 550 paper/79 internet 

Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants): 6.5

Additional Requirements:  International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.

For a complete list of degree requirements please see the Graduate Catalog.

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Application Deadline Dates

Domestic Applicants (Citizens and Permanent Residents):
Spring- November 1
Summer- April 1
Fall- May 15

International Applicants:
Spring- September 1
Summer- March 1
Fall- April 1

Contact Information:

Graduate Advisor of Record: Dr. Bernadette Andrea, Ph.D.
Email:  Bernadette.Andrea@utsa.edu
Telephone:  (210) 458-5339

Career Options

  • Former students are instructors of English in community colleges, high schools, and in UTSA's Writing Program.
  • Students are working on their Ph.D.'s at other widely-recognized graduate programs, as well as our own.
  • Former students are lawyers and editors, as well as employing their outstanding writing and reasearch skills in other fields.

Funding Opportunities

Course Scheduling and Offerings

  • Most graduate courses are offered in the evening in the 6:00 – 8:45 time slot. Courses are offered nearly every evening of the week. Some courses may also be offered during the daytime.

Research Opportunities

  • Opportunity to present at the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Research competition.
  • Opportunity to present at regional and national conferences.
  • Thesis option available.

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