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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 Offerings at Grand Valley

Designed in part to meet the content needs of high school English teachers, the M.A. program is also suitable for a variety of working professionals and for those who wish to pursue a Ph.D. Most courses are offered in the evenings and the majority of students in the program are part-time. The university allows eight years for the completion of the degree. Visit for admission requirements.


The required coursework covers a variety of topics in English, 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, seeking 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 lead to careers in:

  • Editing
  • Journalism
  • Library science
  • Publishing
  • Writing

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.


“The classes examine the field from a variety of critical approaches, display literature's relevance to the greater outside world, and celebrate the diverse perspectives and backgrounds of the students enrolled in the program.”


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