A Master of Arts degree in English meets today’s global challenges by equipping graduates with a range of professional options: teaching college English or English as a second language; technical and professional writing; work in the non-profit sector; and doctoral study leading to the Ph.D. degree, to name just a few. Students may choose from one of three areas: Literature, Rhetoric and Writing, or TESOL. All students in the graduate program must complete 33 to 36 hours of graduate study and maintain a 3.0 average or face probation or dismissal. In their final semester all graduate students in English must complete a graduate portfolio, which includes a cover essay, two short reflective essays, and a targeted revision of a seminar paper. Students must pass the portfolio requirement to be eligible for graduation.