Our 31-credit hour M.A. in English provides students with a background in British and American literature. Students have the option to add an emphasis in:

  • Language and Rhetoric
  • Manuscript, Print Culture, and Editing

The UMKC Catalog outlines specific learning outcomes, graduation requirements, and programs of study for the M.A. in English and each emphasis area.

At the end of your M.A. program, you will work with a faculty mentor on a culminating experience, creating a polished paper of about 20 to 30 pages that could be the basis for a conference paper or a publishable article.

Application Requirements and Process

The application process is competitive. We look for applicants with a:

  • B.A. in English (or a B.A. with at least 30 credit hours of English courses)
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA and 3.0 GPA in English coursework

January 15 is the deadline for fall semester admission and September 15 is the deadline for spring semester admission. Be sure to allow enough time for all of the materials to arrive by the deadline. When you complete your online application, you will be asked to provide the following:

  1. Academic information, including institutions attended, degrees earned, GPA, foreign language experience, honors and awards, and relevant work experience
  2. Writing sample that demonstrates the applicant’s writing abilities in the humanities in up to 15 pages of recent academic prose (upload file)
  3. Statement of purpose that describes the applicant’s academic and professional objectives in an essay of 500-600 words, discussing in detail their interest, research, and writing in their emphasis area (upload file)
  4. Three letters of recommendation that evaluate the applicant’s readiness for graduate study written by three professors or others who know the applicant’s abilities and potential well (provide email addresses and recommenders will receive instructions to upload letters)
  5. Transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended (mail to UMKC Office of Admissions, 5100 Rockhill Road, 120 Administrative Center, 64110)
  6. Graduate Teaching Assistantship application materials, if applying, including a 250-500 word teaching statement addressing the applicant’s interest in and qualifications for teaching, and an academic writing sample from an upper-level college course (upload files)