Master of Arts in English Program

Master of Arts in English Program


Paul Dustin Stegner, Director

1 Grand Avenue
Faculty Offices North
Building 47, Room 26H
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407-0320

T: 805-756-1277

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Cal Poly’s Master of English degree program gives a thorough and intimate knowledge of British and American literature, literary theory, composition theory, and linguistics.

Students can also focus on:

  • Technical communication
  • Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
  • English education

Our students may also tutor in the University Writing and Rhetoric Center, and teach undergraduate composition as a Teaching Associate in the second year, receive funding to assist faculty research as Graduate Assistants, and receive support to attend academic conferences.

Our graduates' comprehensive grounding in rich historical and literary context of the field, from the Old English period through to the twenty-first century, prepares them for success in diverse fields, from teaching to editing and professional writing to further graduate study.

For the latest information about deadlines for the M.A. English program, please visit Cal Poly Graduate Education

For current information on applying to the English MA program, please consult the Cal Poly Graduate Education website.


Recent Student Accomplishments

Ian Fetters, Cal Poly

English Master's Student Wins Prestigious Fellowship

English Master’s student Ian Fetters (English, ‘15) was awarded the S.T. Joshi Endowed Research Fellowship to study the literature of horror-fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft. The fellowship provides a monthly stipend of $1,500 for up to two months of research at the John Hay Library at Brown University — home to the largest collection of H.P. Lovecraft materials in the world. Fetters competed with advanced graduate students, faculty and independent scholars to be the sole fellowship recipient for 2017. Fetters began his two-month fellowship on July 1. The research and findings he compiles will be summarized in a presentation at the conclusion of the fellowship. “The intention is to use archival material to develop a project for presentation at a public lecture alongside a panel with other Lovecraft scholars,” Fetters said.


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