English

Program Summary

The Master of Arts in English program is for students interested in literature, linguistics, rhetoric and writing, film and literature, and teaching English as a second language. The program features seven areas of focus designed to prepare students with advanced skills in language, linguistics, communication and writing in addition to a more comprehensive understanding of literature and film.

Graduate Catalog Program Information

Program-specific Admission Information and Requirements

Affiliated College: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Degree(s) Offered: M.A. in English

Area(s) of Emphasis:

  • British and American Literature
  • English Education
  • Linguistics
  • Film and Literature
  • Literature and Rhetoric/Composition
  • Rhetoric and Writing
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Program Requires GRE: No

Letters of Recommendation: 2

University Requirements

Application Deadlines

All application materials must be received by the appropriate deadline below to ensure priority consideration.

Internationals Living Abroad Applicants Residing in the U.S. Priority Consideration Priority Assistantship Consideration
Fall May 1 July 15 April 15 March 1
Spring October 1 December 10 October 10 N/A
Summer N/A June 1 April 15 N/A

Contact Us

Department of English
Reavis 215
Program website
815-753-0611

Director of Graduate Studies
Scott Balcerzak
sbalcerzak@niu.edu
815-753-6602

Application Contact
Dawn Sibley
dsibley@niu.edu 
815-753-1608

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