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Frequently Asked Questions

MA in English Program

What type of student funding is offered?

All of our full-time MA students are fully funded with two-year graduate assistantships. Currently, assistantships include a stipend of $12,330 per academic year, a tuition and fees waiver, and student health insurance. The teaching load is excellent: one course per semester. Beyond assistantships and summer stipends, we offer a range of other benefits.

Typically students will be funded for one conference in which they are participating as a presenter or roundtable participant over the course of their two years in the program. Students may also be funded for one research-related trip and can expect $1000 and may request up to $2000 for all travel over the two years. Funding requests should be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies after the call for funding is issued at the start of the fall semester, or at least six months before date of planned travel, and must be received by the funding deadline. We also actively seek other opportunities for our students once they've arrived in the program, and we regularly collaborate with students on grant applications for research, travel, and writing support.

Funding also includes possible teaching opportunities during summers that may pay up to $3000.

For further information about funding, contact the English Program at

How many applicants are accepted each year?

We typically admit about eight students, but this may vary in a given year, depending upon the applicant pool.  

What is the curriculum?

There is a great deal of flexibility in the MA curriculum. The curriculum also differs depending on whether you pursue a focus in literature or rhetoric and composition. Looking at current and past courses offered by the MA in English will give you a sense of the possibilities.

How long will it take to complete the program?

The program is completed in two years. The program accepts a limited number of part-time students. Part-time applicants are evaluated on the same basis as full-time applicants.

If I have another masters degree or MFA, do I need to submit GRE scores?

No, your transcripts will be enough and will confirm the masters degree.

What is it like to live in Laramie?

Laramie (population 27,000) is situated on the high plains of southeastern Wyoming, two hours north of Denver, near the foot of the Snowy Range of the Rocky Mountains. It recently was ranked best small college town in the countryLaramie has an old-West charm but also a funky college-town feel: it's home to some fine independent bookstores and coffee shops, and the restaurant options include vegan, Thai, Indian, Japanese, and more. Laramie was also recently named by Outside magazine as one of the 40 best college towns in the United States, and for good reason: the rugged mountains of the Snowies and the Medicine Bow National Forest to the east and west of town offer boundless opportunities for hiking, camping, trout fishing, mountain biking, rock climbing, and skiing.

UW is conveniently located just off I-80, providing direct access to the Denver International Airport and surrounding amenities, but far enough off the beaten path to engage as a small community. Nestled between two mountain ranges, UW offers a wide range of academic and lifestyle opportunities including year-round cultural and outdoor recreation events.

Tell me about the MA Online Program.

The Online MA in English program provides an opportunity for those who are not able to live in Laramie full-time to receive an MA degree through a combination of summer classes and online classes throughout the regular school year. The degree proceeds more slowly than the on-campus MA so that students can continue with their regular employment and professional obligations while completing the program.

How do I apply?

See our step-by-step application instructions.

Have a question?

We're happy to answer it. Please e-mail the English Department at

Contact Us

Department of English - 3353

Master of Arts in English

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 766-6452


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