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Western Carolina University

Department of English

Cullowhee, NC


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Western Carolina University


Western Carolina University / Department of English is located in Cullowhee, NC, in a rural setting.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Arts (MA) Literature
Master of Arts (MA) Rhetoric and composition
Master of Arts (MA) Professional writing
(Certificate) Teaching English to speakers of other languages
(Certificate) Technical and professional writing

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
Distance learning programs available? No

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees 1 Foreign Language
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Required for some



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline February 15th February 15th Yes
Spring deadline November 15th October 15th Yes

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Requirements Appropriate undergraduate degree, writing sample, 3 letters of recommendation

Tuition & Fees

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Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees
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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards February 15
Types of financial support available Research Assistantships
Teaching Assistantships
Institutionally-sponsored Loans
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships


Focus of faculty research: Teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), language assessment, applied linguistics, poetry, folk and fairy tales, post World War II British literature, Appalachian and Southern literature
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address Cullowhee, NC  28723
United States
Contact Dr. Brent Kinser
Department Head
Phone: 828-227-3976