Graduate Degrees

The Department of English offers various M.A. options, an MFA, and a PhD

MA in English: 
MFA in Creative Writing  
MA (Teaching of English as a Second Language) TESL in one of the three following tracks:
PhD Applied Linguistics 
Graduate Certificates 
Accelerated BA-MA Program

The NAU academic catalog is the official, authoritative source for all academic requirements and policies. Any discrepancies in curricular requirements from other sources will default to the catalog as the official, authoritative source. Please see the academic catalog for the most recent information regarding courses and academic plans.

Our academic plans are especially beneficial to: 
  • working professionals
  • K-12 teachers
  • community college adjunct faculty
  • students preparing for a PhD program

How to apply

For all programs, apply using the  Graduate College Online Application

You may apply for graduate assistantships and tuition waivers within application system. GTA's and waivers are available only to Flagstaff Mountain Campus students. Some tuition waivers may be available to online students through Extended Campuses.  

For guidance on applying to individual programs, see links below: How to Apply to the MA in English with the following five choices of emphases: 


If you are a current student and wish to apply for a tuition waiver or Graduate Assistantship, please see English Department Financial Aid. 

For advice on how to ask for a letter, please click here.