Master of Arts in English

At the English Department at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, students work with award-winning creative writers, literature scholars, and composition and rhetoric specialists in one of the most beautiful and historic cities in the American South. Enjoy small class sizes and mentoring from a one-of-a-kind faculty. The English department is home to the Stokes Center for Creative Writing, which regularly brings major writers to campus, and is affiliated with the Center for the Study of War and Memory. Assistantships and scholarships are available.


Student Goal Oriented

With both a creative writing concentration and a literature concentration, the English M.A. degree program allows students to further their career and creative goals, as well as preparing them for doctoral study. The M.A. degree prepares for careers in junior college or secondary-school teaching, as well as writing and editing in the corporate or non-profit community. Through classes, assistantships, and internships, students build skills in critical reading and writing, research, and instruction that support a range of career fields in business and education.


Funding Opportunities

The Graduate Assistantship program gives students financial support as they develop critical career skills in teaching and research. Assistants currently receive an $8,000 academic-year stipend and a tuition waiver for up to 10 semester credit hours each fall and spring of the appointment in return for working in a departmental position that focuses on teaching or research. The English Department also has a substantial number of competitive scholarships for students.


Stokes Center and Community Building

The Stokes Center for Creative Writing in English is committed to fostering a vibrant writers’ community in Southern Alabama, one that not only showcases both local and national talent, but also provides a meeting place for writers from around the world. Students can participate in major events and community projects such as teaching creative writing to underserved youth.


More Information

We welcome inquiries about the M.A. program. For more information about the graduate program or for graduate advising, please contact the Graduate Coordinator in English, Dr. John Halbrooks, or call the English Department at (251) 460-6146. For more information on the department's graduate faculty, consult the listing on this page or visit our Faculty and Staff Directory.