The English program offers a dual enrolled Master of Arts in conjunction with the English department at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL). All graduate level courses offered at S&T have been approved by UMSL and are taught by members of the graduate faculty.

Admissions requirements:

  • Candidates must meet the admissions requirements of both the graduate schools and of the departments of English at S&T and UMSL.
  • Candidates must have a bachelor's degree, with at least 24 hours in English above the freshman level, 12 in literature courses.
  • Normally only students with a grade point average of at least 3.25 in undergraduate English courses and an overall average of 2.75 will be considered.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for regular admission. Candidates for teaching assistantships, however, are still required to take the GRE.

Emphasis areas:


Students must take at least one course in each of the following six areas:

  • British Literature before 1660
  • British literature, 1660-1900
  • Twentieth-century literature (British, American, post-colonial, or in translation)
  • American literature
  • Theories of writing, criticism, language, and/or culture
  • Literature in translation, study of a particular literary genre, or a course in another relevant discipline.


Students must take 18 hours in literature, including English 5000, and 18 hours in writing courses, including English 5840.

Degree requirements:

  • A total of 36 hours, 24 of which must be in 5000-level courses.
  • Twelve hours may be taken for graduate credit in 4000-level courses approved by both English departments and graduate schools.
  • A maximum of 12 hours of graduate course work from S&T may be transferred to UMSL.
  • A core course, English 5000: Introduction to Graduate Study in English, will be taught by UMSL faculty. The course must be taken by all students in the literature and composition tracks.

Departmental contact:

Dr. Kristine Swenson
Department Chair