The Master of Arts program in English develops professional competency in literary and textual analysis and in writing. The program prepares students for further graduate study in English; for technical writing and editing; for teaching in secondary schools and colleges; for further study in such fields as anthropology, law, psychology, and philosophy; for careers in government and industry; and for other professions requiring analytical, literary, linguistic, digital media, or writing skills.
The program offers concentrations in literature, the teaching of English, rhetoric and composition, and technical writing with learning opportunities in education, gaming, web design, environmental sustainability, indigenous studies, and ethnic and gender diversity.
Write technical materials, such as equipment manuals, appendices, or operating and maintenance instructions. May assist in layout work.
Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.
Plan, coordinate, or edit content of material for publication. May review proposals and drafts for possible publication. Includes technical editors.
English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in English language and literature, including linguistics and comparative literature. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
3 recommendations for international applicants (1 evaluating English ability); 2 recommendations for domestic applicants
A short personal essay, plus a 5-10 page sample of scholarly or professional writing
TOEFL for non-native English speakers
Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.
Ways to Save
Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid
Students have the option of applying for a Graduate Assistantship offering a stipend against tuition while gaining experience in research, tutoring, or in the classroom.