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Careers with a Master's Degree in English from UMD

Our graduates use their degrees 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.


Postsecondary Education

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:


Further Study on the Doctoral Level

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:


For doctoral programs in composition and rhetoric, for instance see the following survey:


For briefer listings of doctoral programs, you might also want to consult and But you should understand that programs must pay a fee to be listed in Not all programs have done so.


Career Resources

The following list of online sources of information about jobs has been compiled by the UMD Career Services center in 21 Solon Campus Center, which offers a range of career-planning services:


Community Colleges


Four-Year Colleges requiring a Master’s Degree


Secondary Education




Fine Arts










Multiple Job Listings


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