department of english

Master of Arts

Florida Atlantic University at Boca Raton, a diverse community with all of the cultural advantages of a major metropolitan setting, is located three miles from the Atlantic Ocean, halfway between Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. The graduate program of the Department of English was nationally ranked by Black Issues in Higher Education (July 14, 2005) as a top African-American and Minority MA degree producer.

MA Program:

The English MA program offers a rigorous training in literary studies under the guidance of a faculty of first-rate scholars. The degree provides the groundwork for teaching English at the high school or community college level, and is an excellent preparation for a doctoral program. Students in the MA elect one of the following areas of concentration: (1) British Literature; (2) American Literature; (3) Rhetoric & Composition; (4) Science Fiction & Fantasy; (5) Multicultural & World Literatures; and (6) Creative Writing. 

Student Advisement Checklist: Literature/Theory

Application Deadlines

Deadline for Fall Admission: January 15 (all application materials must be received in the English department by this date for full consideration with teaching assistantship)

Deadline for Spring Admission: November 1

Minimum Admission Requirements:

  • At least a 3.0 grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Application Form
  • Official Transcripts
  • Copy of General GRE Scores

    Applicants should be aware that meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the graduate program. Admission to the graduate program is competitive, and the Department considers the applicant's total record in making admissions decisions. While an undergraduate degree in English is not required, adequate preparation toward graduate study must be demonstrated. The Department considers the applicant's total record. Application information and instructions can be obtained from the English Department or from the FAU Website .

Teaching Assistantships:

Assistantships offer a stipend of $9,000 per year (beginning Fall 2006) for teaching two courses each term, with an 80% tuition waiver. A limited number of assistantships with a stipend of $12,000 per year and the tuition waiver, as well as the Lawrence Sanders Fellowship ($15,000 per year and the tuition waiver), are also available on a competitive basis. Assignments typically involve teaching first year writing courses, but might include tutorial work at the University Center for Excellence in Writing (UCEW) and working as research assistants to department faculty.

You can find additional information on funding here.

Send the following to the English Department:

  • A statement of purpose (3-4 pages double-spaced) outlining preparation for graduate study. The statement should also indicate your interest in being considered for a teaching assistantship (if applicable)
  • Writing sample: 
        MA/MAT: 10-20 pages (this should be a critical essay)     
  • Two letters of recommendation using the required form (we prefer letters of recommendation from English professors) 

Address for the English Department:  

Attn: Graduate Advisor  

English Department, CU 306  

Florida Atlantic University  

777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431 

Send the following to the Graduate College:

  • Application
  • Transcripts
  • General GRE scores (except for MFA applicants)

Additional Information

Sika Dagbovie-Mullins
, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of English  

Mary Sheffield-Gentry , English Graduate Advisor

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