Pursue your passion while developing relevant and cross-functional skills that are in demand throughout industries, organizations and geographic areas. Whether you want to do research, write, teach, produce digital media or branch out into law, marketing or more, our MA in English positions you for career success.
UB's Department of English helps you enhance your education with high-impact experiential learning and extracurricular activities.
Employers often cite the skills profile of applicants as the most important factor in their recruitment and job offer decisions.
Ask questions, discover new evidence, prove existing theories and solve problems through research.
There are opportunities for students to pursue research skills virtually and in person throughout the world. For example, MA student Shaun Nowicki and PhD student Kaitlyn Henry were accepted to the week-long Orientation to Research Methods and Agendas skills summer course at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC.
On campus, the UB University Libraries are an ideal venue for a wide range of research interests and are home to numerous rare and special collections including:
Receive support for research projects through the Riverrun Research Fellowship and Mark Diamond Research Fund.
Use logic and reasoning to identify and solve complex problems by evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches. Showcase your ability to engage in reflective, independent thinking and sound judgment in your scholarly thesis or oral exam project.
Recent examples Masters’ thesis and oral projects include:
Interact with academic and industry professionals through department sponsored events, for example:
Expand your world view and prepare to work in our interconnected global economy.
Students have the opportunity to participate in study abroad experiences to conduct research and further their understanding of how societies and culture shape our approach to issues.
In turn, national and international scholars frequently come to campus to present guest lectures and participate in conferences to expose students to a multitude of world views. A recent guest includes:
Organize your knowledge and interpretations into convincing arguments, and convey meaning through well-constructed text. From essays and research papers to memorandums and non-academic reports, learn to convey your message with clarity and ease.
Examples of notable recent student work includes:
Hear and respond to others constructively through active participation in intellectual discussions and debates with colleagues. Interact with peers, researchers and industry experts at a myriad of professional and social events designed to strengthen your communication skills and expand your network.
Each year UB students take the stage at national conferences to present their original work. Recent examples include:
Gain an in-depth understanding of the issues surrounding diversity, a hallmark of UB’s English program. Develop cultural self-awareness and learn to appreciate and value diverse views.
For example, the Riverrun Global Film Series presents a curated selection of films that moves beyond national frameworks to account for an increasingly transnational imagination of film production, reception, and distribution. The 2018 Global Film Series focused on Mexican films and filmmakers.
Below are just a few examples of opportunities to open your mind to a multitude of world views through participation in interdisciplinary groups that bring together faculty members, graduate students and thought leaders from throughout the University and the world:
Explore the crossroads of technology and the humanities. Advance your ability to find, evaluate, produce and communicate information on and through various digital platforms. Develop and use complex databases related to archival and other materials stored and accessed by audiences of all stripes. Master the latest social media to ensure your organization’s communication is relevant and delivered effectively.
There are numerous experiential learning opportunities. For example, students participating in the Folger Shakespeare Library Codathon helped encode a major unpublished dataset from the vaults of the Folger Shakespeare Library—a day-by-day account of Queen Elizabeth's reign (1558-1603). Encoding the dataset allowed Folger to create a digital platform that can help visualize the data and created search features and links to other related documents. In this free two-day workshop or "codathon," students learned XML (eXtensible Markup Language), a coding technique that can make historical documents machine-readable.
Rise to the challenge by gaining experience and leadership skills in some of the hundreds of University at Buffalo extracurricular and governance organizations, civic groups and volunteer activities.
Gain leadership skills and network with colleagues with similar interests and challenges in graduate student groups hosted by the Department of English:
Participate in UB's REALM Program (Real Experience and Leadership Mentoring), a full-day career shadowing experience for students who are interested in learning about leadership in the context of a professional setting. Students shadow a professional in their chosen field for a day and learn what skills have made them successful, followed by a networking reception.
Gain insight into the demands and expectations of employers through credit-bearing and, in some cases, paid internships. Students displaying knowledge, professionalism and a solid work ethic are oftentimes offered full-time positions. Explore internships via UB’s Bullseye.
Interact with academic and industry professional through department-sponsored events, for example:
Prove your abilities and make powerful industry connections through leadership positions in regional and national professional organizations. Whatever your interests, passions or ambitions, below are just a few possibilities of organizations where you can advance your skills and expand your professional network.
Acquire the knowledge and skills to initiate, plan, execute, control, and close projects to achieve specific organizational goals. Negotiate reasonable and achievable deadlines and milestones, and report results to multiple stakeholders.
Thesis projects require excellent project management skills; below are a few successful examples:
* Grant Writer
* Technical Writer
* Speech Writer
* Secondary Teacher
* Social Media Specialist
* Senior Policy Advisor
* Proposal Coordinator
* Development Officer
* Policy Coordinator
* Research Specialist
* Public Relations Specialist
About one-third of UB’s MA in English graduates pursue careers in other fields, most often law, business management and marketing.
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Choose from a wide variety of career paths and industries with a Master's in English. Below are just a few examples of the median annual wage for associated job titles according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics using May 2017 national data. Wages vary based on industry, experience and location.
Below are a few recent alumni who are making a difference in their profession and their communities. They're looking forward to helping you expand your professional network.