English, M.A.

The Master of Arts in English is a program of advanced study of English language and literature. The English Department provides instruction, advising, and experiential opportunities for students in an environment promoting scholarship, critical thinking, free inquiry, creativity, and clear and candid communication that attends to the rhetorical conventions of specific genres, audiences, situations, and purposes. In addition, as informed analysts of literature, rhetoric, and culture, they challenge students to develop standards for ethical engagement with the world of discourse, fostering knowledge about how all texts acquire meaning and power in changing historical contexts.

In addition to our traditional, face-to-face courses, the Department of English now offers fully online coursework for the M.A. in English program. This is a synchronous course delivery program, meaning that students are required to attend live lectures via Scopia, the university's free video conferencing service. Students interested in the online degree option should contact the department for more information.


Creative Writing 

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Graduate Admissions section of the UWF graduate catalog, the applicant must meet the minimum departmental admission requirements for regular admission. 

University Requirements*
• Submission of Graduate Application and Processing Fee 
• Submission of official transcripts 
*International students may have additional requirements.

Departmental Requirements
• Submission of official GRE Verbal score of at least 153 and Analytical Writing score of at least 4.5 or equivalent GRE percentile performance under the new testing platform; OR Official MAT-minimum score 413 
• 20 hours upper division undergraduate coursework in English 
• Submission of two page statement of purpose 
• Submission of three letters of recommendation from instructors 
• Submission of a writing sample (2,500 words of literary analysis for literature track or 2,500 words of fiction/non-fiction prose or 10 poems for creative writing specialization)

Department Contact

Dr. Gregory Tomso
Chair, Department of English

Phone: (850) 474-2673

Catalog Description
Department's Website

*To be considered for departmental awards, including graduate assistantships and scholarships, completed applications with all departmental requirements and test scores must be received by April 1. The final Fall application deadline is June 1.

Student Perspective

“The graduate program in English at the University of West Florida allows students and faculty to work closely together in such a way that a student cannot help but grow, both as an academic and an individual. The professors consistently challenge the students while simultaneously providing an environment that cultivates the students' strengths and assists them with their weaknesses.” — Stephanie Johnson, Current Literature Graduate Student

Faculty Perspective

“UWF is a community - warm, inviting, collaborative, and scholastic - an innovative place to create new ideas and share knowledge. The students are a pure delight and keep me invigorated.” — Dr. Bre Garrett, Assistant Professor and Composition Program Director

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