Degrees Offered


Clemson University’s Master of Arts in English offers a comprehensive approach to literary studies, incorporating exploration of literary texts and theory, examination of textuality and modes of publication, and a foundation in methods of research and scholarship.  Through coursework, close interactions with faculty, and individual research projects, students infuse their broad understanding of the field of English studies with their own particular literary interests and concerns. The curriculum offers courses in theory, literary periods and genres, film, new media, creative writing, cultural studies, and rhetoric. The MAE program serves three types of students: those who plan to pursue graduate studies in literature or creative writing at the doctoral level; those aiming to teach in high schools, community colleges, and technical colleges; and those who want to enrich their background in English studies, develop research and writing skills, and continue their intellectual experience beyond the baccalaureate.


More information can be found in this graduate handbook.


Program of Study

The program offers a thesis track, including 24 hours of coursework and 6 hours of thesis research


Among the centers associated with the English department are the Center for Electronic and Digital Publishing (CEDP); the Clemson University Digital Press (CUDP); the

Multimedia Authoring, Teaching, and Research Facility (MATRF); and the Pearce Center for Professional Communication.

The Center for Electronic and Digital Publishing was created to develop, direct, and focus the academic publishing program in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities.

The Clemson University Digital Press is the college’s vehicle for the best scholarly, technological, and pedagogical research on issues that are of concern to the college, the community, and the state, defining ‘research’ to include “what has been built, created, performed, [or] written.’” The press generally publishes two books per annum, in addition to maintaining its flagship journals, the semiannual South Carolina Review, and the annual Shakespeare journal, The Upstart Crow.

Complete information on these centers and other department facilities is available at


Application Information

Admission requirements include: a baccalaureate degree from an accredited undergraduate college or university; acceptable scores on the verbal, quantitative and writing sections of the GRE (applicants are encouraged but not required to submit scores for the Literature subject test); two letters of recommendations from individuals familiar with the candidate’s academic work and/or work experience; a brief statement of purpose in the form of intellectual biography, and including reasons for graduate study in English; a writing sample of 10-12 pages. Deadline: 1 February

Interested students may apply on the Web at Grad School Website

Additional Required Documents:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Writing Sample

Mail these documents to:
Associate Professor  Kimberly Manganelli , Program Coordinator
Department of English
807 Strode Tower
Clemson, SC 29634-0523

Also consult the program website

Required Documents


The Department of English currently offers a number of research and teaching assistantships to qualified applicants in the Department of English. Students receiving these assistantships do assigned research for faculty members, serve as editorial assistants, and/or teach introductory writing courses under the direct supervision of faculty members.


Program Contact(s)

Program Coordinator(s)