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Graduate Degrees in English at Boise State

We offer the following graduate programs. Information about each program is available on the program’s website:

M.A., English, Literature
The M.A. in English at Boise State University is designed for those who desire to prepare for any career requiring advanced skills in the research, analysis, and presentation – written and spoken – of language and ideas. It is, in short, a degree in advanced literacy. The M.A. in English enhances and fosters these crucial skills of critical and creative thinking and advanced training in the analysis and articulation of language through the study of texts from a variety of cultures and origins and in a wide array of media.

M.A., English, Rhetoric and Composition
With one of the largest writing studies faculties in the northwest, Boise State University’s MA in English with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition provides students with a strong foundation in both rhetorical theory and composition pedagogy, preparing graduates for both careers in the teaching of writing, particularly at a two-year college, and also for further graduate study in the field.

M.A., Teaching English Language
This degree is primarily intended for teachers in grades K-13 who are interested in learning more about effective teaching of literacy (writing, reading/literature, and language/linguistics) and applying their learning to their own teaching.

M.A., Technical Communication
The MA in Technical Communication (MATC) at Boise State provides advanced instruction to professionals who seek a program that can accommodate their busy schedules (evening, online, face-to-face, and hybrid courses). Students will learn practical skills that fit today’s workplace. MATC graduates develop essential skills in writing, analysis, and technology that help clients connect, inform, and achieve. The MATC is a 34-credit program consisting of seven required courses plus electives, an internship, and a final assignment (a thesis, a project, or a portfolio).

M.F.A., Creative Writing
The MFA Program in Creative Writing offers degree tracks in fiction and poetry, emphasizing the art and craft of literary writing and concentrating on the student’s written work. Close work with faculty and visiting writers is encouraged through seminars, conferences, and classroom interaction during the three-year course, the third year of which is normally devoted to thesis preparation.