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Department of English Language and Literature College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences Central Michigan University

  • Mount Pleasant, MI
    location
  • Public
    type
  • Small
    setting
  • 60%40%
    student ratio
  • 82
    total students
  • $8,730 | $13,788
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • Rolling
    fall application deadline
  • 54%
    acceptance rate
  • 5 Degrees
    degrees/awards offered

Overview

Graduate Programs in English at Central Michigan University

The graduate programs in English at Central Michigan University prepare individuals for fulfilling careers in education, communications, and publishing, as well as for advanced study in doctoral programs.

Classes are small so students engage in meaningful interaction with fellow students and professors. This enhances students' learning experiences and gives them opportunities to build lasting relationships with peers.

Classes are held during late afternoons and evenings to accommodate the needs of working professionals.

Master of Arts in English, Composition, and Communication

The Master of Arts in English, Composition, and Communication (M.A.E.C.C.) degree program emphasizes theory and practice in nonfiction writing. Its curriculum consists of 24 hours of coursework and 6 hours for a thesis or an internship (in teaching or professional communication).

The program prepares students for consulting, editorial, and/or writing careers in academic, professional, and technical fields, as well as teaching positions in community and junior colleges.

Master of Arts in Language and Literature Program

The curriculum for the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Language and Literature degree program has 18 hours of language and linguistics courses, literary criticism courses, professional methodologies courses, and literature seminars.

It also contains 12 hours of coursework in either Plan A or Plan B. Plan A consists of 6 hours of electives and 6 hours for a thesis including an oral examination. Plan B has 12 hours of electives and a scholarly paper.

M.A. in Language and Literature -- Children's Literature Concentration

The M.A. in Language and Literature degree program with a concentration in children's literature contains 15 semester hours in language and linguistics courses, literary criticism courses, professional methodologies courses, and literature seminars. It also includes 9 hours of elective courses in children's literature and a 6-hour thesis (Plan A), or 15 hours of electives in children's literature and a scholarly paper (Plan B).

M.A. in Language and Literature -- Creative Writing Concentration

The M.A. in Language and Literature degree program with a concentration in creative writing includes 15 semester hours in language and linguistics courses, literary criticism courses, professional methodologies courses, and literature seminars. In addition, it contains 6 hours for a thesis, 6 hours in a fiction or poetry writing seminar, and 3 hours of elective courses.

M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Central Michigan University also offers an M.A. in TESOL degree program that prepares teachers for careers in teaching English to speakers of other languages. The program's curriculum covers formal aspects of language and its acquisition and use. It also focuses on current approaches, methods, and theories of language assessment and teaching.

It has 24 hours of core courses, including a practicum, as well as 6 hours of elective courses. In addition, it includes a scholarly paper and a comprehensive examination.

Co-curricula and Professional Opportunities

Graduate students in English at Central Michigan University may participate in co-curricula activities that strengthen their skills and experience.

For example, they publish "Temenos," a literary magazine that features CMU graduate students and nationally recognized poets and writers. Students also participate in writing competitions, including the PoetryJett.com / National Poetry Month Prize.

In addition, graduate students may join Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society. The organization offers a variety of educational, scholarship, professional, and networking opportunities.

Financial Aid for Graduate Students

Financial aid for graduate students at Central Michigan University includes federal loans and work-study programs, scholarships, graduate assistantships, and non-work study campus employment.

Talented Faculty Members

English faculty members -- like Professor Andrew Weinstock -- are scholars, educators, and mentors who bring a wealth of technical, creative, and practical expertise to the classroom.

Professor Weinstock's areas of expertise include American literature, literary and critical theory, cultural studies, and fantastic and speculative fiction. He has published several scholarly and fiction books, including "Spectral America: Phantoms and the American Imagination" and "The Other Gods and More Unearthly Tales."

Professor Ari Berk, who has also published books as well as articles, essays, and poetry, has research interests in many areas including Celtic mythology and American Indian ethnography. Furthermore, Professor Robert Fanning has published poems and books including the award winning book "Old Bright Wheel."

Central Michigan University

Established in 1892, Central Michigan University is one of the country's 80 largest public universities. It has more than 27,600 students who study at its main campus, online, and at 50 locations throughout North America.

CMU also offers over 200 academic programs at the undergraduate, master's, doctoral, and specialist levels. As "a leader in higher education," CMU prepares students for personal, intellectual, and professional excellence. Notable alumni include actor Jeff Daniels, airline executive John MacDonald, author John Grogan, professional football player Josh Gordy, and scientist Dr. Laura Bloem.

CMU in Mount Pleasant, Michigan

CMU's main campus is located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, in the Midwestern region of the United States. Mount Pleasant offers the ambience of a small town and the resources of a larger city. From historic shops to outdoor recreation to museums, the city has many interesting and exciting leisure options.


Location & Contact

Department of English Language and Literature

College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences
Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
United States

Dr. William Wandless

Chairperson

Phone: 989-774-3171
Fax: 989-774-1271
Email: wandl1wh@cmich.edu

Dr. Nicole Sparling

Coordinator, Graduate Studies in English

Phone: 989-774-2660
Fax: 989-774-1271
Email: sparl1nl@cmich.edu

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • English Language And Literature Master of Arts (MA) [English language and literature]
      Master of Arts (MA) [children's and young adult literature]
      Master of Arts (MA) [creative writing]
    • TESOL: Teaching English To Speakers Of Other Languages Master of Arts (MA)
    • English Composition And Communication Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 38
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported

Admissions

54% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 86
    • Accepted 47
    • Acceptance Rate 54
    • Enrolled 24
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $35
    • Application Fee - International $45
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline July 1st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 1st Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$8,730
    • Out-of-state tuition *$13,788
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships, out-of-state merit awards

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students82
    • Female Percentage60%
    • Male Percentage40%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students82
    • Part-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Full-time PercentageNot Reported
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino1%
    • Black / African American3%
    • White / Caucasian80%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native3%
    • Asian0%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown13%

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty17
    • Full-time Percentage82%
    • Part-time Percentage18%
    • Female Percentage53%
    • Male Percentage47%

Research

  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchComposition theory, science fiction history and bibliography, children's and young adult literature, nineteenth century American literature, applied linguistics
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported

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