WHAT DO GRADUATES DO WITH A M.A. DEGREE IN ENGLISH AT UMD?
Our graduates use their degree in a variety of ways, depending on their own interests and goals.
Some continue on in academic life, proceeding to Ph.D. programs–often in English, but sometimes in other fields (e.g., recent grads have studied linguistics, law, art, business, American culture, and theology).
Others, immediately upon completing their M.A., accept teaching positions, usually in two-year colleges or college preparatory schools such as Marshall in Duluth. (While some of our graduates teach composition in four-year colleges and universities, these schools generally require a Ph.D. for tenure-track positions.)
Still others find employment in publishing, editing, public relations, and a wide variety of businesses.
If you are considering working in a postsecondary institution of education,
you should undertake to learn more about the expectations regarding faculty employment at these various institutions. So you might want to explore the MLA Online Job Counseling service. It is an excellent resource. The advice is usually excellent advice.
You can find it at the following URL:
If you are considering going on to a doctoral program in English
, you might want to explore the MLA Guide to Doctoral Programs. The MLA Guide sets forth detailed information regarding more than 300 doctoral programs in Departments of English. It is an excellent resource. You can find it at the following URL: http://www.mla.org/gdp_intro
For doctoral programs in composition and rhetoric, see
the following survey:
For briefer listings of doctoral programs, you might also want to consult www.gradschools.com/
. But you should understand that programs must pay a fee to be listed in petersons.com. Not all programs have done so.
The following list of online sources of information about jobs has been compiled by the UMD Career Services center in 21 Solon Campus Center. The Career Services center offers a range of services. It is an excellent resource on campus. You can learn more about it at the following URL: http://careers.d.umn.edu
ONLINE JOB RESOURCES
Four-Year Colleges, Master’s Degree Required:
Multiple Job Listings: