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Liberal arts

MA English & Mass Communication/Philosophy Degree

The Department of English and Mass Communication offers the Master of Arts in English. In providing a comprehensive education in literary study, the program is designed to foster thorough scholarship and to develop the student's ability to pursue independent research. The Master of Arts in English has been offered at North Carolina Central University since 1939. The program has a long and established history as a cornerstone of the liberal arts tradition at NCCU. Our graduate program has long been committed to serving an underrepresented population through evening and Saturday scheduling of graduate seminars. Additionally, the program has served as a springboard for graduates to prestigious Ph.D. programs. Many of our graduates have gone on to pursue the doctorate and find our program to be exemplary preparation for a Ph.D. or for teaching at the college or community college level.

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Additional Requirements:

Required Standardized Test: Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) must be submitted with application for admission.

Minimum Admissions Requirements: Applicants must submit transcripts showing completion of an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning with an acceptable GPA. Student must submit two official, original, sealed transcripts of the student's academic record from all institutions of higher education attended (undergraduate and graduate); two completed Applicant Evaluation/Recommendation forms from two different individuals familiar with the applicant's academic work (included with the graduate application form); official scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE); and the applicant's statement of purpose (included in the graduate application form).

Additional Admissions Criteria: A writing sample of 7-10 pages demonstrating the applicant's ability to write a critical literary analysis with appropriate MLA textual citation of sources.

Application Deadline: 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester.

Contact Information:

Margaret Bockting, Associate Professor
Phone: (919) 530-7936
Fax: (919) 530-7991
Office Location: 313 Farrison-Newton Communications Building
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The General Assembly of 1939 authorized the establishment of graduate study programs in liberal arts and the professions at North Carolina Central University. In ensuing years with the creation of several programs, the Graduate School has grown to offering degrees in the following.

  • College of Behavioral and Sciences
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Science and Technology
  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Liberal Arts
  • School of Library and Information Sciences

The mission of the School of Graduate Studies is to provide world-class education and to produce leaders that are culturally sensitive and engaged in their respective fields of study.

School of Graduate Studies (SGS)
1801 Fayetteville Street
Post Office Box 19716
Durham, North Carolina 27707