Embrace literature, language, and writing

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

The Master of Arts in English program focuses on the study of literature; composition, rhetoric, and language; childhood and youth studies; and creative writing. Seminar, workshop, and directed reading course offerings provide an engaging and interactive learning opportunity for students. The program is designed for active, in-service teachers seeking further professional or personal development, as well as those seeking preparation for a Ph.D. in English or an MFA program.

Although this program does not grant certification to teach English in K-12 schools, many students utilize their skills to improve their instructional strategies in existing teaching career paths. 

*This program will feature an optional thesis beginning in Fall 2020.

Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree with at least 18 hours of English

*Beginning in Fall 2020, select one of the following focus areas:

  • Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Childhood and Youth Studies
  • Composition, Rhetoric, and Language

Career Opportunities

  • Community college instructor
  • Professional writer
  • Novelist
  • Editing
  • Publishing
  • Professional and technical writing
  • Business

Benefits of a Master's Degree

A graduate degree helps you advance your career by qualifying for higher positions with additional leadership opportunities. The median salary for those with master’s degrees is 16% higher than for those with an undergraduate degree, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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