Graduate Programs

The Department of English offers several vibrant graduate programs, both face-to-face and online. Please visit the website of each program, linked below, to find out more.

The Department also offers several certificate programs.

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The deadline for Fall 2019 applications for the MA in Literary & Textual Studies, MFA in Creative Writing, and Ph.D. in Rhetoric & Writing is January 15, 2019. See program sites for more details.

For other program deadlines, visit the specific program site, linked above.

For more information or questions about the graduate programs, please contact Kimberly Spallinger, Associate Chair and Graduate Coordinator, at 419-372-8145 or spallkk@bgsu.edu, or contact Jeanne R. Berry, Graduate Secretary, at 419-372-6864 or jberry@bgsu.edu.

Graduate courses

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To view the course offerings and read their descriptions, select the Spring 2019 Graduate Courses image on the left.

To learn more about each program's sequence and courses, select the specific program below. 

Annual Conferences

Global Responses to 9/11 and the War on Terror

Global Responses to 9/11 and the War on Terror

ATLAS, an association of the MA in Literary & Textual Studies, partnered to organize the Global Responses to 9/11 and the War on Terror: Literary, Media, and Film Perspectives. READ MORE

21st Century Englishes

21st Century Englishes

Hosted by Rhetoric & Writing Ph.D. students, this year's 5th annual conference theme was Cooperating and Collaborating: Creating Community in the 21st Century and took place on October 21, 2017. READ MORE

Winter Wheat

Winter Wheat

The 17th year of Winter Wheat: The Mid-American Review Festival of Writing was hosted on November 2-4, 2017. We are also wheated concurrently with the International Symposium on Poetic Inquiry! READ MORE

Learning Outcomes – Master of Arts in English (no specialization)

  • Develop writing projects that integrate knowledge about audience, rhetorical structures, organization, and the process of writing and revision. 
  • Generate original research that evaluates and expands scholarship in contemporary English studies. 
  • Examine in depth and develop expertise in one or more aspect of contemporary English Studies. 
  • Assess their learning and scholarship in English studies and further develop their own work. 

Learning Outcomes – Master of Arts in English with a specialization in Professional Writing and Rhetoric

  • Create effective written and visual documents for multiple audiences based on theories and concepts central to the fields of technical communication and rhetoric.
  • Evaluate the key theoretical, historical and cultural concepts of the fields of rhetoric and technical communication.
  • Plan communication strategies for creating documents for people from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Create a capstone portfolio reflecting what students have learned over the course of their program.

Learning Outcomes – Master of Arts in English with a specialization in English Teaching

  • Formulate and defend theories and/or practices of English teaching that draw on a sophisticated understanding of contemporary English studies and pedagogical approaches.
  • Develop writing projects that integrate knowledge about audience, rhetorical structures, organization, and the process of writing and revision.
  • Generate original research that evaluates and expands scholarship in contemporary English studies.
  • Examine in depth and develop expertise in one or more aspect of contemporary English Studies.
  • Assess their learning and scholarship in English studies and further develop their own work.

Learning Outcomes – Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing with a specialization in Fiction, Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing with a specialization in Poetry

  • Develop individual, original approaches to writing fiction and/or poetry
  • Produce a book-length thesis comparable in quality to the published work of contemporary poets and fiction writers
  • Develop an understanding of their work’s place within the context of contemporary literature
  • Collaboratively assess literary work for publication
  • Apply craft knowledge to produce and distribute a literary journal through relevant technologies
  • Develop pedagogical skills sufficient to design and teach courses at the college level

Learning Outcomes - PhD in English with a specialization in Rhetoric and Writing

  • Appraise methodological, theoretical, and pedagogical approaches for engaging as scholars, teachers, and leaders who are responsive to the situated nature of rhetoric and to what students, campuses, cultures and society want from writing today.
  • Justify interventions in ongoing disciplinary conversations in rhetoric and writing studies through their own research, theory building, and pedagogies.
  • Develop impactful rhetoric and writing scholarship rooted in the developing literacies, literacy technologies, and needs of diverse learners shaping higher education today.

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review

Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectivenes.

The English program went through Program/Cluster Review during the Academic Year 2016-17 and is in Good Standing.


Professional Licensure (If applicable)

Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The English program does not lead to professional licensure.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)     

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The English program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.