Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know the Master of Arts in English is the right degree for me to pursue?

If you love literature and want to develop your critical and creative thinking skills, we are the program for you.

Do I need an English degree to be admitted to the program?

No. Admission requires a completed bachelor's degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution. Typically, 40% of our students are non-English majors. Non-English undergraduates are generally required to take a few 5000-level classes that will count toward electives in the program. Official transcripts are required for each school attended. Unofficial transcripts are accepted only from Weber State University.

If I am still completing my bachelor’s degree, can I apply?

Yes. You can still apply while you are completing your undergraduate requirements. If successful, your admission will be conditional until the completion of your undergraduate degree. You will need to have a second transcript sent to our office confirming the completion of your undergraduate degree. (We’ll verify WSU degrees.)

Is there a minimum undergraduate grade point average score required for admission?

While a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.25 is preferred, the minimum required score for admission is 3.0. If your undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, admission may be based on a GPA based on the last 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) of your undergraduate work. Applicants with lower GPA scores may be admitted to the program with strong post-baccalaureate careers or writing experiences as mitigating factors.

When are classes scheduled and how often do they meet?

Most of our classes are held in person. We also offer hybrid courses that blend face-to-face instruction with online assignments. Classes are held 1 night per week, Monday through Thursday, usually from 5:30–8:10 p.m. Classes generally involve an average of 10–15 hours of work outside of class per week.

Does the program involve full- and part-time study?

Yes. Part-time study consists of 1 or 2 courses per semester, while full-time study consists of 3 courses per semester. Our program offers an unmatched degree of flexibility, allowing you to complete your master’s degree in the evening at a part-time or full-time pace, or switch between the two from semester to semester. You are also free to temporarily leave the program due to family, career and other obligations.

How long will it take to complete the program?

To earn your master’s degree, you are required to complete a minimum of 33 semester hours of graduate work. If you have a non-English undergraduate degree, you may be required to complete additional course work contingent on departmental analysis of your undergraduate transcripts. Full-time students typically meet the requirements in 4 semesters, but most students complete their master’s degrees in 6 semesters.  

How much does the program cost?

If you are a Utah resident, it will cost an estimated $17,000 to reach the 33-credit-hour minimum to earn a master’s degree. If you are an out-of-state student, you will also pay about $17,000 if you successfully petition to waive the out-of-state portion of your tuition.

View the current tuition table.

Is financial aid available to graduate students?

U.S. citizens and legal residents are eligible for the same student loan programs as undergraduates. Utah non-residents (including international students) may be eligible for waivers, which reduce tuition to Utah resident levels.

Apply for financial aid. 

Does the program provide teaching or research assistantship to master’s students?

We award a limited number of teaching, research and editing assistantships. Assistantship applications are required separately from admissions applications. Along with opportunities to enhance your vitae, assistantships include a partial tuition waiver for up to 4 semesters.