The Department of English offers programs of study leading to the Master of Arts, the Master of Fine Arts, the Doctor of Philosophy, and the Doctor of Philosophy with a Creative Dissertation (available only to Black Mountain Institute Fellows). Application deadlines are November 1 (Spring) and January 15 (Fall). The M.F.A. and Ph.D. with Creative Dissertation programs do not admit students in the spring.
The Las Vegas Valley is becoming a unique and dazzling post-modern urban center that itself affords insight into contemporary society as well as a complement to rigorous graduate study. Graduate students in English at UNLV receive careful mentoring and individual attention and are offered a variety of professional activities that prepare them for the job market and academic careers. In addition to teaching, graduate assistants are involved in research assistance, journal editing, writing program administration, the hosting of an annual student conference, and non-academic internships. The department’s commitment to working closely with students includes guiding their research toward publication and making funds available for travel to conferences or research facilities.
The M.A. program involves course work at the graduate level in English and American literature or in language studies. A thesis is optional, but recommended, for both the literature emphasis and the language studies emphasis. Work toward this degree is designed to supplement and complete the student’s undergraduate study in the field of English and to familiarize the student with professional standards, methods of research, and modes of thought in the discipline. Possession of this degree normally leads to advancement in the teaching profession for the secondary school or community college teacher, to careers in writing, publishing, and editing, or to further study in English at the doctoral level.