Graduate Studies in English

Graduate Studies in English

About the Programs

McNairy Library Study SpotMillersville University Department of English educates graduate students whose refined research, analytical, and writing skills enable them to advance into doctoral programs or other professional endeavors. The Millersville English Department offers two graduate degrees, the Master of Arts and the Masters of Education. In addition, the department provides curriculum that leads to Certification for students who wish to become teachers, but who do not have a degree in education or in English.

For More Information

For more information on graduate studies in English, contact the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Yufeng Zhang. More general information on graduate studies at Millersville University is available through an online request form.

Master of Arts in English

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Master's of Arts in English (M.A.) 36 Credits program features courses that emphasize the history of literature and language.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program is open to those applicants who possess a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university with an undergraduate major in English, or by special permission. Applicants must submit supporting documents as required for general admission to a graduate program. Applicants must take either the General GRE or the MAT and score in the 50th percentile or higher.

I. Graduate Core (15 s.h)

  • ENGL 614 Profession of English Studies (3)
  • ENGL 651 Literary Theory (3)
  • Literature Course (3)
  • Linguistics (choose one) (3)
         ENGL 601 Old English and Literature (3)
         ENGL 602 Middle English (3)
         ENGL 660 Teaching English as a Second Language (3)
         ENGL 661 Seminar in Transformational Linguistics (3)
         ENGL 662 Dialects of American English (3)
         ENGL 663 Applied Linguistics (3)
         ENGL 664 Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (3)
  • Graduate Writing Course (Choose one) (3)
         ENGL 667 Seminar in English Curriculum (3)
         ENGL 668 Seminar in English Education (3)
         ENGL 670 Film and Media in Secondary English Education (3)
         ENGL 692-695 The Writing Institute (3)

II. English (15-18 s.h.)

Students are encouraged to focus (9 s.h.) on one of the following areas: Writing Studies, Linguistics, British Literature, American Literature, or World Literature. *Students must take at least six courses that are offered either as “graduate only” or “graduate mostly” course level.

III. Capstone Project (3-6 s.h.)

Select one option:

  1. Thesis Option
  2. Creative Thesis Option
  3. Qualitative Research Option
  4. Curricular Artifact Option
  5. Peer-reviewed Journal Article

IV. Foreign Language Requirement

Reading competency in one foreign language is required for the Master of Arts in English. Reading competency can be demonstrated through one of the following ways:

  • Satisfactory completion of a foreign language reading exam.*
  • Earning a“B”or higher in one of the following courses: 201 level of any foreign language, HUMN 210/586 French Literature in English, ENGL 587 Special Topics in Translation (Independent Study), ENGL 601 Early English Language and Literature, or ENGL 602 Middle English Language and Literature.

All but the first option are offered at the graduate level and are able to be applied to a candidate’s graduate program.

*The language exam is offered in fall and spring only. Degree candidates must contact the graduate director in English to schedule the exam one month prior to the desired test date. Exams are not scheduled in the last two weeks of the semester. This competency must be met before a student is granted degree candidacy. Graduate candidates have two chances to pass the foreign language exam. "


Masters of Education in English

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The English M.Ed. 36 Credits program combines courses in language and literature with educational psychology and pedagogy.

Students enrolled in either program may enhance their educations with independent study projects and with a master's thesis. (For complete requirements, please see the graduate curriculum sheets).

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program is open to those applicants who possess a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university with an undergraduate major in English, or by special permission. Applicants must submit supporting documents as required for general admission to a graduate program. Applicants must take either the General GRE or the MAT and score in the 50th percentile or higher.

I. English Core (18 s.h)

  • ENGL 614 Profession of English Studies (3)
  • English (15)
    Any graduate English courses offered by the English department except English Education

II. English Education Studies (15 s.h)
      The Professional Core (9 s.h)

  • EDFN 601 Methods of Research (3)
  • Choose One:
         PSYC 525 Advanced Developmental Psychology (3)
         PSYC 526 Advanced Adolescent Psychology (3)
         EDFN 545 Advanced Educational Psychology (3)
         PSYC 625 Human Growth and Development (3)
  • Choose One:
         EDFN 511 Comparative Education (3)
         EDFN 590 Social Foundations of Education (3)
         EDFN 603 Philosophy of Education (3)
         EDFN 604 Education and Public Policy (3)

English Education (6s.h.)

  • Choose One:
         ENGL 660 Teaching of English: Speaking and Listening (3)
         ENGL 664 Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (3)
         ENGL 666 Seminar in Teaching Literature to Adolescents (3)
         ENGL 667 Seminar in English Curriculum (3)
         ENGL 668 Seminar in English Education (3)
         ENGL 670 Film and Media in Secondary Classroom (3)
         ENGL 672 Seminar in Rhetoric and Composition (3)
         ENGL 691 Independent Studies (1-3)
         ENGL 692-695 Writing Institute* (3-6)

Students must take at least six courses that are offered either as “graduate only” or “graduate mostly” course level.

III. Capstone Project (3 s.h.)

Select one option:
    1. Thesis Option
    2. Creative Thesis Option
    3. Qualitative Research Option
    4. Curricular Artifact Option
    5. Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Student Assistantships

Graduate students are eligible for student assistantships and have the opportunity to both assist faculty on research and campus projects and to work in the Tutoring Center Graduate assistants are not permitted to teach. Recently, students in our graduate programs have pursued employment in local schools and industries, while others are pursuing their Ph.D.s at institutions such as Penn State, University of Pennsylvania, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, The University of Texas-Dallas, and Purdue University.

Local Opportunities

Graduate students have the opportunity to participate in two English Association of Pennsylvania State University (EASPU) conferences. They may present at either the main October meeting where faculty also present papers and at a special Graduate-student-only conference held in April. To honor the accomplishment of student-scholars, the English Department also sponsors two essay awards in memory of past faculty members, the John Huzzard Award and the Danny Ducker Award.