Master of Arts in English

Wayne State's Master of Arts (M.A.) in English prepares students to pursue a variety of careers, including creative writing, technical and professional writing, teaching English at the secondary, college/university levels or doctoral work.

Students can explore a wide range of topics or focus on a particular area of study with courses in literary and cultural studiesrhetoric and compositioncreative writingfilm and media studies and technical and professional writing. As there's no one path through the M.A. program, you can design a curriculum to fit your interests. Many students enroll in the M.A. program to strengthen their applications to Ph.D. programs in English studies. Wayne State has a vibrant student community, excellent reading series and scholarship opportunities.

Optional concentrations

Creative writing

The creative writing concentration prepares students for a wide range of professions and can also serve as a stepping stone to a Master of Fine Arts. Although students specialize in poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction, they're encouraged to explore across genres and across the curriculum as they develop their skills. Our faculty are widely accomplished and focused on bringing out the best in your writing.

Technical and professional writing

Technical communication focuses on making information useful and accessible, while professional communication focuses on writing for publication, both print and online. The technical and professional writing concentration prepares students for writing in both academic and professional spaces by developing skills in writing for different audiences and purposes, editing, research and communication in multiple modalities.


See English graduate admissions for more information.

Career insights

This tool provides a broad overview of how major selection can lead to careers and is provided without any implied promise of employment. Some careers will require further education, skills, or competencies. Actual salaries may vary significantly between similar employers and could change by graduation, as could employment opportunities and job titles.