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Program Type: Graduate

Degree Awarded: M.A. in English Select the degree to view its requirements.

Department: English

No matter your academic background, the Master of Arts in English (MAE) degree can be a powerful tool for your future success. The MAE is 30 credit hour degree program which allows you to take an array of composition and rhetoric, creative writing, and technical writing courses, as well as, if you choose, courses from other NKU graduate programs. The MAE also qualifies area high school English teachers for advancement in rank and pay. 

Program Contacts

Dr. Ernest Smith
Professor, English, Director of Graduate Studies

Students in the Spotlight

Jen Davis

Jen Davis

Graduating Year: 2020

Education: M.A. in English; Certificate in Creative Writing

"View your classmates as colleagues and teachers, not as competition,” and “leave your hometown every chance you get."

Career: First-year academic advisor in the Haile College of Business at NKU, published author, and founding co-editor, Many Nice Donkeys literary magazine.

What they do: Helping NKU students on their path to success; giving writers a place to publish their work; sharing her creativity with readers across the country.

Necessary job skills: Writing and communication skills; problem-solving; working as part of a team.

Career: Professional writer and editor.

Find Your Passions & Build Your Future

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  • Student Organizations and Activities: The Association of English Graduate Students is a national organization focused on giving graduate-level English scholars a way to connect and engage with one another. NKU's AEGS chapter is known for the colloquium it hosts every year, allowing NKU students from a variety of disciplines a chance to present their research and creative works.
  • Internships: Put your skills and talents into real world action and learn how employers value a Master’s degree in English. Our internship coordinator can help you find an internship or coop that’s right for you.


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Financial Aid

A variety of financial assistance is available, from grants to scholarships, loans to veteran benefits.