Graduate Program

MA in English 

Enroll in an award-winning department.

The Department of English at the University of Nebraska Kearney confers a Master of Arts degree through its on-campus and online graduate programs

Our on-campus program offers two areas of specialization: literature/literary analysis and creative writing. Students completing this MA will have a deepened knowledge and appreciation of world, British, and American literatures (including multicultural literatures); they will have achieved a greater mastery of the language and of critical thinking through study of linguistics, literary criticism, and composition/rhetoric; they will have honed their creative abilities in poetry, fiction, drama, screenwriting, and creative nonfiction; and they will have acquired habits of speaking, listening, reading, and writing that are the essence of reflection, dialogue, and academic discourse.

Our online program features a Writing emphasis and is designed for students interested in the advanced study of composition and genre. This program is particularly tailored to high school teachers seeking professional or personal development. 

Graduate Faculty
Our award-winning faculty  graduate faculty are all members of the University of Nebraska graduate college with impressive research, publishing, and teaching records, and have extensive publications.

Graduate Assistants
Our graduate students have the opportunity to serve as teaching assistants as well as research assistants, gaining valuable professional experience in the process. Both receive tuition waivers and stipends.

At UNK, graduate students will reach a level of competence sufficient to take the next step, whether that be into the professions, into more secure and effective roles as teachers, into jobs that value creative and critical thinking and communicative competence, or into further study in doctoral or MFA programs.

For inquiries regarding the graduate program, contact the Director of English Graduate Studies, Martha Kruse (308) 865-8415.