Master of Arts in English

Pursue your passion for literature.

**The College of Charleston is no longer admitting students into the MA in English due to discontinuation of the MA in English degree program, pending final approval by SACSCOC. Students interested in joining our final cohort beginning in Fall 2024 are invited to apply through The Citadel. This option to apply through The Citadel is only available for students who are able to attend in person.**

Whether you're a recent graduate, an English teacher or seeking professional development, our program offers advanced coursework, flexible options and a vibrant intellectual community. Apply now to create your own path in the world of English studies.

The Master of Arts in English program at the College of Charleston was formerly jointly run by the College of Charleston and The Citadel. Earn your master's in this 30-hour program. You will take advanced coursework in literature, literary and cultural analysis and composition and rhetoric. Our small classes foster lively discussions, close analysis and the development of an intellectual community. Customize your education through internships and explore a wide range of career opportunities. 

Why earn your M.A. in English at the College of Charleston?

Our program offers both in-person and online options. Create your own path and balance your studies with other commitments.
Advanced Coursework
Dive deep into literature, cultural analysis and composition and rhetoric. You will enhance your critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills.
Internship Opportunities
Gain real-world experience through internships outside of academia. You will expand your professional network and enhance your resume.
Vibrant Student Experience
Engage in lively discussions, collaborate with peers, and build lasting connections with fellow students and faculty.

Careers & Outcomes

Our graduates are well-prepared for a range of careers in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. They excel as:

  • journalists.
  • editors.
  • professional and technical writers.
  • educators.

Some graduates choose to pursue a Ph.D. in English. They conduct research and teach at the college and university level. The M.A. in English from the College of Charleston is highly respected. It enhances credentials for employment and advanced academic and professional study in various fields.

“The College of Charleston was a fantastic place to study: the close attention from the professors and small class sizes were central to my early development as a writer and a thinker. Fond memories and best wishes!” - Adam Ellwanger ‘00

How to apply 

The entire application process is online. The documents outlined below are required components of the application. A file is not complete until all documents have been submitted and processed, so read carefully and prepare your application materials in advance of applying.
  • Dates & Deadlines

    Fall Deadline

    The priority deadline for funding considerations is January 15. However, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until July 1. 

    Summer Deadline

    College of Charleston: March 1

    The Citadel: April 1 

  • Application Process 

    • Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework.
    • Provide an earned bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
    • International applicants should refer to the guidelines published by The Citadel or The College of Charleston, depending on their chosen institution.

  • Admission Criteria

    M.A. Degree-seeking Students

    • Maintain a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.500 on a 4.000 scale and a 3.000 in the major. Submit at least two letters of recommendation from former professors or immediate supervisors. 
    • Include a two-page statement of educational goals and interest in a graduate program in English.
    • Submit a writing sample demonstrating literary analysis and research skills, such as a research paper from an advanced undergraduate English course. 
    • Optional: Submit scores from the GRE or MAT if applying for campus-wide fellowships (GRE minimum composite score of 300 and 4.0 on the writing assessment section. MAT minimum score of 45). 

    Non-Degree Students

    • Consult The Citadel Graduate College's academic catalog (p. 12) or the graduate catalog of the College of Charleston for application details.