Andrea Gazzaniga, Ph.D., Department Chair
Ernest Smith, Ph.D., Graduate Program Director
Applications for admission must be completed online. Please submit all materials to the Office of Graduate Education, AC 302, Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, KY 41099. For maximum consideration, submit all materials by the priority deadline of July 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester. If space permits, applications from qualified candidates may be considered after those dates.
To be considered for regular admission to the Master of Arts in English program, applicants will need to complete and submit the following:
- An application for graduate admission to Northern Kentucky University
- An official transcript indicating a bachelor’s degree in English or a related field from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in major or cognate area coursework. Candidates with excellent writing skills and degrees outside English may be considered.
- Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work
- Two letters of reference (please use forms which can be downloaded at https://inside.nku.edu/graduate/admission-process/additional-forms.html).
- 500-750 word Statement of Purpose explaining why you are interested in pursuing an MA in English at NKU
Other Admission Status
Applicants not meeting all criteria for regular admission to the MAE may be admitted provisionally or as a non-degree graduate student if substantial evidence suggests the candidate can succeed in the program.
Teachers’ Rank Change
For candidates who already hold a teaching certificate in Kentucky, Ohio, or Indiana, the MAE may serve as a functionally relevant master’s degree. Check with the appropriate state education board to verify requirements. The MAE does not lead to initial teacher certification. At Northern Kentucky University, the Master of Arts in Teaching is the approved master’s level program for obtaining an initial teaching certificate.
♦ Indicates prerequisite.