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Master’s in English

Go Deeper with a Master’s in English!

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jericho Brown and LaVonna Wright (M.A., 2020)

The Master of Arts in English program at Georgia Southern University prepares students for a variety of careers and/or for advanced doctoral work. English graduate students take advantage of many distinctive opportunities for learning and professional development with both internal and external organizations including:

The Master of Arts in English at Georgia Southern serves both full-time and part-time students.  Assistantships that provide tuition remission and a stipend are available to full-time graduate students on a competitive basis. 

The program is located in-person on the Statesboro campus with some opportunities for students to take classes online and on the Savannah campus. View a tentative schedule of upcoming graduate seminars.

Contact Dr. Lindsey Chappell (, the Director of Graduate Studies in English.

Format: In person on the Statesboro Campus
Credit Hours: 36
Entry Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
Time to Complete: Four Semesters

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Master’s in English Admissions Requirements

As you prepare to submit your materials for the M.A. in English program, review the requirements for regular and provisional admission. All materials for admission should be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions unless otherwise indicated.

Regular Admission

  • Completed requirements for the Bachelor’s degree in a college or university accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting associations.
  • A 3.0 (4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average or higher on all undergraduate work.*
  • Two letters of recommendation by persons familiar with the applicant’s academic experience.
  • A sample of the applicant’s scholarly writing, 8 pages or longer.
    • Students intending to focus on creative writing should also include: 10-15 pages of poetry, single-spaced, with each poem starting on a new page OR up to 25 pages of prose, double-spaced, with each creative nonfiction or fiction piece starting on a new page.
  • Statement of Purpose (250-500) words. This statement should:
    • articulate the applicant’s research or creative interests and goals
    • indicate how the applicant’s experience has prepared them for successful graduate work in their area of interest
    • explain why and how Georgia Southern’s English MA program meets the applicant’s interests and goals

Transcripts from institutions that are not based in the United States or its territories must be evaluated by a NACES-accredited evaluation service ( The evaluation must include a course-by-course evaluation with a GPA, and it must show you have earned the US-equivalency of the required level of degree. Official or unofficial international transcript evaluations are required for the application to receive an official decision. This requirement cannot be waived.

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Provisional Admission

Provisional admission is sometimes possible if a candidate has a 2.75 (4.0 scale) or higher cumulative grade point average on undergraduate college work. Students who do not meet provisional requirements may appeal to a departmental graduate committee for admission.

Application Deadlines


  • Priority: March 1
  • Final: July 31


  • Priority: October 1
  • Final: November 15


  • Priority: March 15
  • Final: April 1

The application and all ​​required documents listed in the “admissions requirements” must be received by the deadline. If all required documents are not received by the deadline your application will not be considered for admission.

Student Resources

After Graduate School

If you decide to continue with graduate work beyond the M.A., you should know about a policy adopted by the Council of Graduate Schools. “Acceptance of an offer of financial support (such as a graduate scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, or assistantship) for the next academic year by a prospective or enrolled graduate student completes an agreement that both student and graduate school expect to honor. In that context, the conditions affecting such offers and their acceptance must be defined carefully and understood by all parties. Students are under no obligation to respond to offers of financial support prior to April 15.” For more information, see the full policy.

Last updated: 3/22/2024