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English (M.A.)

The Master of Arts program in English develops professional competency in literary and textual analysis and in writing. The program prepares students for further graduate study in English; for technical writing and editing; for teaching in secondary schools and colleges; for further study in such fields as anthropology, law, psychology, and philosophy; for careers in government and industry; and for other professions requiring analytical, literary, linguistic, digital media, or writing skills.

English (M.A.)


Description


What is English at ODU like?

The Master of Arts program in English develops professional competency in literary and textual analysis and in writing. The program prepares students for further graduate study in English; for technical writing and editing; for teaching in secondary schools and colleges; for further study in such fields as anthropology, law, psychology, and philosophy; for careers in government and industry; and for other professions requiring analytical, literary, linguistic, digital media, or writing skills.

Program Highlights


What makes English at ODU unique?

  • The program offers concentrations in literature, the teaching of English, rhetoric and composition, and technical writing with learning opportunities in education, gaming, web design, environmental sustainability, indigenous studies, and ethnic and gender diversity.

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary

$77,660

MEDIAN SALARY


Teach courses in English language and literature, including linguistics and comparative literature. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Technical Writers

$74,440

MEDIAN SALARY


Write technical materials, such as equipment manuals, appendices, or operating and maintenance instructions. May assist in layout work.

Editors

$68,230

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan, coordinate, or edit content of material for publication. May review proposals and drafts for possible publication. Includes technical editors.

Graphic Designers

$53,280

MEDIAN SALARY


Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

Courses


What are some courses offered in English at ODU?

ENGL 565:
AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE


An investigation of how African American literature has innovated, influenced, and been influenced by literary movements, historical events, social transitions, and political upheavals.

ENGL 641:
19th Century British Literature


A study of a selection of the literature written in Britain during the romantic and Victorian ages, focusing on the social, historical, and ideological contexts informing its production. Texts analyzed include poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

ENGL 765:
Modern Rhetoric and Theory Building


This course concerns the development of rhetoric as an academic discipline in the twentieth century, in particular how rhetoric has distinguished itself from literary, historical, philosophical, and linguistic modes of inquiry.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for English at ODU?

Students entering the Master of Arts program in English should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

  • GRE

  • 3 recommendations for international applicants (1 evaluating English ability); 2 recommendations for domestic applicants

  • A short personal essay, plus a 5-10 page sample of scholarly or professional writing

  • Transcripts 

  • TOEFL for non-native English speakers

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 551

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,387

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Graduate Assistantships


Students have the option of applying for a Graduate Assistantship offering a stipend against tuition while gaining experience in research, tutoring, or in the classroom.

Next Steps


I like this program. What are the next steps?

Contact


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PROFESSOR


Name:

Drew Lopenzina


Location:

5022 BATTEN ARTS & LETTERS, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-4033


Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Additional Programs


Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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