Earn a Master's Degree in English at the University of Minnesota Duluth
The Master's in English Program at the University of Minnesota Duluth is ideally suited to students who are looking for smaller-sized classes, high-quality instruction, and close interaction with graduate faculty--in a spectacular, natural setting.
For details about applying, skip to the Admissions section below.
Choose Your Own Emphasis
In this two-year program, students select the emphasis that best suits their interests and professional objectives:
Literary Studies Emphasis
This emphasis provides students with an opportunity for graduate study concentrated in the field of literature. Students who select this emphasis take graduate seminars in critical theory and in American, British, and World Anglophone literatures and cultures, as well as more specifically focused courses such as Shakespeare, the Irish Literary Revival, and the American Literary Marketplace.
Literature, Language, and Culture Emphasis
This emphasis provides coverage and development in diverse fields of literary, language and cultural studies, with an emphasis on comparative analysis of diverse discourses.
Publishing & Print Culture Emphasis
This emphasis provides both practiced training in publishing and scholarly background in the field of print culture studies. Courses offered regularly in this emphasis include Reading & the History of Books; Small Presses, Little Magazines & Modernism; New Media Writing; Internships; and Web Design and Digital Culture.
Writing Studies Emphasis
This emphasis provides concentrated study of the practice and pedagogy of writing, and scholarly background in the history and theory of writing.
The University of Minnesota Duluth is a comprehensive regional university, with selected graduate programs. UMD consistently ranks among the top Midwestern, regional universities in U.S. News and World Report's “America's Best Colleges” issue. Providing an alternative to both large research universities and small liberal arts colleges, UMD attracts students looking for a personalized learning experience on a medium-sized campus of a major university. Our campus consists of more than 50 buildings on 244 acres overlooking Lake Superior. UMD is also home for the Tweed Museum of Art, the Marshall Performing Arts Center, the Large Lakes Observatory, and the Natural Resources Research Institute.
Duluth, a beautiful city of approximately 90,000, rises on cliffs and hills above Lake Superior. Numerous parks provide facilities for outdoor recreation including downhill and cross-country skiing, snow boarding, hiking, climbing, swimming, biking, skating, kayaking, and canoeing. Duluth supports a professional symphony and ballet and a variety of theater groups and live music venues. The Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul are an easy two-hour drive away, as is the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
The UMD Library features thirty group-study areas with network connections, an interactive television classroom, three electronic instruction classrooms, and a multimedia laboratory, in addition to a collection of more than 650,000 volumes, 2,181 periodical subscriptions, and 2,306 electronic journal titles. Graduate students also have full borrowing privileges at the libraries of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus (5 million volumes). Free inter-library loan service is available to all UMD students.
UMD Graduate Students
High-caliber students from a wide variety of backgrounds are at home in our program. Recent students received undergraduate degrees from institutions across the country (UC Berkeley, San Diego State, Carleton College) and the world (Turkey, Russia, Kenya, Germany) as well as from schools closer to UMD (UW-Superior, College of St. Scholastica, UMD).
Students are active contributors to the discipline, presenting papers at national conferences and publishing articles in academic journals. Recent graduates have gone on to Ph.D. programs at Georgetown, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Marquette, and UW-Madison. Others teach English at the secondary and post-secondary level, or pursue careers in fields such as publishing and professional writing
Teaching Assistantships and Financial Assistants
Applicants to the English MA Program have the option to apply for a Graduate Teaching Assistanship appointment, typically provide, in addition to salary, a 90% reduction in tuition. Assistantship positions are awarded on a competitive basis in the fall.
To apply, include the Application for Graduate Assistantship form in your online materials submitted via the "ApplyYourself" Application System for Graduate School. For more information contact Dr. Chongwon Park at firstname.lastname@example.org or (218) 726-8242.
Tuition waivers and cash-stipend awards are available on a competitive basis. For details contact the UMD Graduate School at email@example.com, or the English MA Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Krista Twu, Interim Director of Graduate Studies at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (218) 726-6598.
For more on financial aid, see the page "Funding Your Graduate Education" from the UMD Graduate School site.
How to apply
Visit the online application system "ApplyYourself," where you can begin an application, save it online, and continue to add information and materials in the future.
If you have questions about the application process, please contact the UMD Graduate School: (218) 726-8839.
The minimum program requirements include the following:
- a completed BA or BS degree
- 30 semester credits in English or a related field,
- 20 of these semester credits should be at the upper-division level
- an over-all undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4-point scale)
- GRE scores of at least 150 on the verbal portion, and 4.5 on the analytical writing portion
- For non-native speakers of English, TOEFL scores of at least 600 (paper based), 100 (internet based), 248 (computer based). (Optionally, minimum scores of 7.0 on the IETLS or 80 on the MELAB)
- submission of all application materials detailed below:
The completed application submitted via the "ApplyYourself" online application system will include:
- transcripts of all post-secondary course work
- a personal statement
- official copies of GRE test scores for the verbal and analytical portions
- three reference letters
- two writing samples (preferably academic papers) demonstrating preparation for graduate study in the field
- an optional application for a Teaching Assistantship, if desired
February 15 for fall enrollment, including teaching assistantship and tuition fellowships.
October 15 for spring enrollment
For More Information
Contact Dr. Krista Twu, Interim Director of Graduate Studies, at email@example.com or (218) 726-6598.