Frequently Asked Questions

Master of Arts in English

How long does it take to complete the graduate degree?

The length of time required to complete the Master of Arts in English degree depends on whether a student is full time or part time and how the student performs in classes. A full time student taking the minimum course load of 9 graduate credit hours could possibly complete the Master's degree in approximately 5 semesters (21 months) if the student registers for classes during the summer semester. A minimum of 36 graduate credit hours for the thesis option or non-thesis option is required to complete the degree.


Are assistantships and/or financial aid available for students working on a degree in this area?

The Master of Arts in English degree program has a limited number of graduate assistantships available. Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis and are available for every academic semester of the year. Other aid may be available depending on your financial status. Visit (Web site) to learn what is available.


How do I apply for a graduate assistantship?

Students must apply for graduate assistantships through Southeastern's Human Resources web site. All employment, including graduate assistantships, must be completed online. The site is searchable for particular positions, e.g., graduate assistantships.


What is the amount of a graduate assistantship?

Assistantships for Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants begin at $9,000 for the academic year (fall and spring semesters). Students receiving an assistantship also receive a tuition waiver; this includes non-resident fees for students who are not legal residents of Louisiana. The financial package for a Louisiana resident student receiving an assistantship for fall and spring semester including a tuition waiver is valued just over $13,000.


What is required of a student receiving a graduate assistantship?

Job responsibilities and tasks are different depending on which type of graduate assistantship, i.e., TA, or RA,a student receives. All students on graduate assistantships are required to work an average of 20 hours per week and must register for a minimum full course load of graduate credit hours, which is 6 hours per fall and spring semesters. Students receiving a graduate assistantship in the summer are required to work an average of 20 hours per week and register for 3 graduate credit hours of course work.


What are the employment opportunities for a person with a graduate degree in this area?

  • Teaching: University instruction, Community college instructor, public and private school, (international) English as a Foreign Language, English as a Second Language
  • Publishing: editor, manuscript reader, publicity and marketing, literary agent; Other media: scriptwriting, web design
  • Government, non-profit, business administration: in-house publishing and web design, public relations, copywriting, documentation, fundraising, research
  • Fine Arts: poet, fiction writer, screenwriter, dramatist, arts critic


What salary range can be expected with this graduate degree?

Starting salaries vary widely by experience, practice setting, region, and state.