Last updated February 20, 2020
As a part of our series on How to Fully Fund Your Master’s Degree, here is a list of universities that offer full funding for a M.A. in English. M.A.s in English have a variety of career options, including teaching, journalism, writing in a variety of contexts, and further academic work.
Fully-funded M.A. programs can be difficult to find. Because most universities focus their funding on Ph.D. students, M.A. candidates can have a harder time securing scholarships and funding. However, there are a number of universities that do offer funded M.A. programs. “Full funding” is a financial aid package for full-time students that includes full tuition remission and an annual stipend or salary for the duration of the student’s master’s studies. Funding is typically offered in exchange for graduate teaching and research work that is complementary to your studies. Not all universities provide full funding to their master’s students, which is why I recommend researching the financial aid offerings of all the potential M.A. programs in your academic field, including small and lesser-known schools both in the U.S. and abroad.
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Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL): The majority of students in the Graduate English Program receive support in the form of a teaching assistantship. Teaching assistants are provided with a stipend and a waiver for most of their tuition. Experienced TAs are often invited to teach during the summer term for an additional stipend.
James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Virginia): Full-time students receive full tuition remission and a living stipend, and students gain valuable experience both as teaching assistants and in allied academic roles.
Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR): All students admitted to the MA in English program will automatically receive a standard Graduate Teaching Assistantship contract, which provides full tuition remission and stipend of approximately $12,300 per year to cover living expenses.
University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL): Students admitted to the graduate program are guaranteed up to five years of full financial support (up to four years for the MFA; up to two years for the MA). All admitted students qualify for Graduate Assistantships, which include a stipend paid over nine months (currently $14,125), and full payment of up to 15 credit hours of graduate tuition.
University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY): MA Students are offered teaching assistantships in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies (WRD) for a stipend plus full tuition remission and student health insurance.
University of Idaho (Moscow, ID): Our graduate students are offered teaching assistantships, all of which are fully funded. TA’s receive in-state and out-of-state waivers, teach a 2-1 course load, and receive substantial instructional support from our Director of First-Year Composition and staff.
University of Louisville (Louisville, KY): The department awards up to 10 Graduate Teaching Assistantships to our top M.A. applicants each year. M.A.GTAships run 10 months and offer tuition remission, insurance, and a stipend.
University of Maine (Orono, ME): We award twenty-one teaching assistantships each fall, with approximately half of these usually assigned to new students. Recipients teach one section of first-year composition each semester; they receive stipends of approximately $15,600 (Fall 2019) for the nine-month school year as well as tuition remission for each semester and for two summers (6 credits) while enrolled in the program.
University of Mississippi (Oxford, MS): Unlike many Masters programs, which are oriented primarily toward tuition-paying students, the English Department at the University of Mississippi offers a funded Master’s degree, enabling us to attract qualified applicants regardless of means.
University of Wyoming (Laramie, WY): All full-time students admitted to the program receive full funding, including free tuition, teaching opportunities, and a generous living stipend.
Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA): Select students in the MA graduate programs are funded by Graduate Assistantships available through the Department of English. These are awarded on a competitive basis and are generally renewable for up to two years.
West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV): Every student admitted to the M.A. program is guaranteed funding for two academic years, the customary time to degree, as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (G.T.A.). This position includes an annual salary of $16,000, a waiver of university tuition, and student health insurance.
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