Tailor your program by selecting from courses in literature, cultural studies, linguistics, critical theory, digital humanities, research methods, and composition.

36 Hours of Coursework
6 Hours of Methods Studies
3:1 student to faculty ratio
2 options for Capstone Project
What Is a Master's in English?

A master's degree prepares students for doctoral work, or careers in teaching, higher education, and management. It introduces students to a range of periods, genres, and movements in literature, as well as modes of composition, standards in professional writing, and groundbreaking work in the digital humanities. 

Why Study English Here?

Our program includes 6 hours of coursework in methodology, providing a foundation for the individual research required for the thesis capstone and analytical skills needed for non-thesis projects. The program also offers electives that cover a broad range of topics, allowing you to personalize your degree to your area of interest. 

M.A. in English Highlights

English Graduate Student Organization

The English Graduate Student Organization is a professional and social organization for our graduate students. We host a number of annual events including book fairs, a graduate student conference, and social outings. You will receive regular invites to the meetings and functions.

Graduate Students
Interested in studying literature, cultural studies, linguistics, critical theory, digital humanities, research methods, and composition?


Prospective students, please call Charlene Eska at 540-231-2374 or email: ceska@vt.edu

Visit our Blacksburg office at 312 Shanks Hall, 181 Turner Street NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061

Domestic Application

*Fall: February 1

International Application

*Fall: February 1

*Deadline for admission with full consideration for funding:  Feburary 1

Contact Us

Program Inquiries:

Dr. Charlene Eska
Director of Graduate Studies
312 Shanks Hall
(540) 231-2374

Application Inquiries:

Sarah Helwig
Graduate Programs Coordinator
310 Shanks Hall
(540) 231-4659

Department of English

Shanks 323 (0112)
181 Turner Street NW
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061