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The English Department provides a variety of options for students interested in extending their academic credentials beyond the Bachelor's degree. The Department offers the Masters of Arts with specializations in Literature, the Teaching of Writing, and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). Additionally, the Department offers post-baccalaureate certificates in American and English Literature, the Teaching of Writing, and the Teaching of English as a Second Language (TESL), and an ESL endorsement.

Beginning in Fall 2018, the Department will also be offering an MFA in Creative Writing.  

Pursuing any of these options is an excellent means of enhancing your prospects for success in teaching careers, nonacademic professions, and PhD study. 

Pursuing graduate study in the Department of English at SIUE is convenient: graduate classes are offered in the evenings. Degree requirements may be completed in less than two years, though many students who work proceed at a more leisurely pace.

Members of the English Department have written numerous books and articles; edited collections of essays; presented papers at national and international conferences; and done research in many areas, ranging from 12th-century homiletics to literary theory to endangered languages. 

The faculty's commitment to quality instruction is  reflected in the accomplishments of their students. SIUE graduate students present papers at graduate student and professional conferences nationwide. All SIUE English MA graduates who have applied to PhD programs have been successful in recent years and have been accepted into programs at Purdue, Columbia University, the University of North Carolina, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, New Mexico State, the University of Colorado, Clemson, the University of Pittsburgh, St. Louis University, and Washington University, among others. English Department MA candidates receive an average of two SIUE Competitive Graduate Awards each year, have in recent years twice won the University-wide Outstanding Graduate Thesis Award, and a TESL graduate recently received a Fulbright Fellowship to teach in Czechoslovakia. 

Graduates of the English MA program have been successful in a variety of fields. While a significant percentage go on to pursue doctoral studies, graduates have also embarked on careers in teaching, editing, and technical writing. Others have found success as librarians, computer consultants, journalists, and attorneys. Employers highly value and continue to hire graduates who can write well, analyze efficiently, and have a broad awareness of their culture — attributes students will acquire while pursuing graduate studies in English.

The department publishes two nationally known literary and scholarly journals as well as an annual of student creative work, and funds a number of competitive student writing awards

Graduate students in the Department of English will also have the chance to hear a diverse group of professional writers from across the country; visiting writers have included Sonia Sanchez, Cleopatra Mathis, Jeanne Murray Walker, Tim Westmoreland, Andrea Hollander Budy, Keith Gilyard, Howard Levy, and Jennifer Atkinson, all of whom have shared their work at readings and creative writing workshops. The Department also hosts visiting scholars in various disciplines.

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