Iowa State University’s MA in English program offers two different specializations: one in Literature and one in the Teaching of Reading. Specialization in Literature: This two-year master of arts program offers high-quality, personalized instruction to students interested in secondary or college teaching or in pursuing further graduate study. Our courses develop students’ knowledge of major literary trends as well as discipline-specific research skills in the analysis of literature and film; theory and criticism; as well as pedagogy and professionalization. In recent years, we have been able to support nearly every student who has sought funding. Our teaching assistantships?are among the best in the Big XII conference with generous stipends, and our incoming students participate in a research apprenticeship program where each is mentored by a faculty member. Our students present at conferences, earn teaching and research awards, and some publish prior to graduation. Specialization in the Teaching of Reading: This 30-credit master of arts program is designed for licensed teachers who wish to advance their study of literature as they work toward a reading endorsement. Students take graduate courses in British, American, and other areas of literature while also completing three reading courses in Iowa State’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education. Many graduate English courses are taught in the late afternoon, evening, or online to accommodate teachers. In these courses, faculty regularly offer options for papers and other assessments that emphasize pedagogy. Additionally, in their 3-credit culminating project, students with this specialization can opt to produce a pedagogy-specific Creative Component. This program is especially valuable to teachers in the upper elementary, middle school, and high school levels, including teachers of dual-enrollment courses.

Doctoral Degrees Offered: None

Master Degrees Offered: Master of Arts (M.A.)

Online Degrees: None

Area(s) of Specialization (will appear on all ISU transcripts after graduation): Literature (M.A.); Literature and the Teaching of Reading (M.A.);

Master's Degree Outcomes

Career Placement Outcomes

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Contact: Teresa Smiley
Phone: 515-294-2477
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ISU-wide: Academic Records, GPA, Statement of Purpose, Letters of Recommendation

Application Deadlines: January 5 for fall semester entry, with applications accepted and evaluated beginning October 15. Early applications are encouraged. October 15 for spring semester entry (no assistantships, scholarships, or fellowships available with spring admission) *Note: GRE scores are not required if applying for admission only and not for graduate assistantship support.

Program Requires GRE: Yes

Program Requires GMAT : No

Additional International Requirements:

English Proficiency Minimum:

TOEFL Paper (PBT) 600
TOEFL Internet (iBT) 100
IELTS 7.00
PTE 53

Program Will Review Without TOEFL or IELTS: No

Financial Statement: Application