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Master of Arts in English

Master of Arts in English

  • QS World University Rankings
    651-700
The Department of English offers graduate study in English and American literature, film studies, folklore, critical theory, rhetoric and composition, and cultural studies. The Department of English offers an MA for students who want to study beyond the BA but who do not plan to complete a PhD. Students whose goal is a doctorate should apply for admission to the department’s doctoral program (described below). Students who complete the MA program at the University of Oregon and want to enter the PhD program must reapply to the department for admission into that program. The number of seats in the MA program is limited, and admission is competitive. Language Requirement: Completion of the degree requires reading competence in one foreign language. Reading competence may be demonstrated by a B+ average in the yearlong Old English sequence; a grade of mid-B or better in the last term of a second-year language course or an approved 300-, 400-, or 600-level literature course with readings in the target language; scoring at required levels on the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test; or passing the Toronto Medieval Latin examination at the master’s level. Careers: The study of English opens doors to many careers. All fields of endeavor place high value on the ability to read intelligently and to write clearly. The English major may lead most directly to careers in education, journalism, or communications; it is also highly regarded as undergraduate training for law, government, social work, community service, and business. Indeed, the ability to handle the language with clarity and cogency is the skill most frequently cited by business professionals as desirable. A major in English, with judiciously selected electives, prepares students not only to find that essential first job but also to possess the breadth of outlook and depth of perspective that become increasingly important in subsequent phases of their careers.