The Master's degree in English offers students full-time and part-time opportunities for advanced study and research in literature, language, and writing.  Students gain knowledge about the historical and cultural contexts of literature, develop skills in critical and cultural analysis, and conduct literary, rhetorical, and linguistic research. Our program provides a firm foundation for further study at the doctoral level and offers valuable cross-cultural, transnational, and transdisciplinary study that prepares students for the challenges of the twenty-first century. Students may also earn certificates in Creative Writing, Rhetoric and Composition, and Linguistics as they earn their MA.

Our graduate faculty are recruited from leading universities, engage in innovative research in diverse fields, publish regularly with leading presses and journals, and assume leadership in an array of prestigious national and international organizations. Faculty have been honored with Fulbright Fellowships, NEH Fellowships, Mellon Foundation Grants, Rockefeller Foundation grants, and many other awards, including the Chancellor’s Council Teaching Award.

Please see the profiles of our graduate faculty below and feel free to reach out to any of us with questions. If you'd like to discuss any aspect of the program, please contact Graduate Advisor of Record Dr. Bridget Drinka.



MA Program of Study 

MA Reading List 

MA Reading List Grid

MA Thesis Handbook 

Cover Sheet for English Studies

Cover Sheet for Creative Writing

Cover Sheet for Rhetoric & Composition Theses

UTSA Schedule of Classes


Funding Opportunities

The English MA program offers research and teaching assistantships, awarded on a competitive basis, to allow students to work with faculty on research projects and to assist in the classroom.  Financial aid is also offered to eligible students in the form of scholarships. For more information about graduate funding, please check with MA Graduate Advisor of Record Dr. Bridget Drinka.

Course Offerings and Schedule

Graduate classes are generally offered in the evening and may also be offered in the afternoon or morning. A full listing of current classes may be accessed through ASAP (Course Schedules) and syllabi may be accessed through Bluebook.

Recent Graduate Course Titles

Borderlands Rhetorical Ecologies (Walker), Literature of Immigration (Kellman), African American Literature (Moody), Latina/o/x Digital Archives (Fernandez), Language in Contact (Drinka), Theory & Practice of Teaching Composition (Hum), Graduate Fiction Workshop (Garza), Graduate Poetry Workshop (Vance), Major Authors: Chaucer (Study Abroad in Urbino, Italy w/ Fonzo), Major Authors: Influence of Dante (Study Abroad in Urbino, Italy w/ Fonzo), Renaissance Literature (Bayer), Community-Based Methods in Environmental Justice (Walker and Team), Latina Literatures: Mexican Women Writers (Raymond), Major Authors: Shakespeare (Bayer)

English Graduate Faculty

Mark Bayer

Mark Bayer, Ph.D. *

Department Chair


MB 2.314A


Joycelyn Moody

Joycelyn Moody, Ph.D.*


Sue E. Denman Distinguished Chair in American Literature

Director, African American Literatures and Cultures Institute

MB 2.306C

(210) 458-4374

Sylvia Fernandez

Sylvia Fernández Quintanilla*

Assistant Professor

MH Building, 4th floor, #4.02.12

David Vance

David Vance, Ph.D.*

Associate Professor

Director of Creative Writing

MB 2.450