Welcome to UAB’s Graduate Program in English! If you are interested in broadening your world through reading and developing your writing skills and imaginative capacities, then this is definitely the place to be. As a student in our MA program, you will take a broad array of courses while also focusing your interests in one of three areas: creative writing, literature, or rhetoric and composition. Throughout your time here, our world-class professors will encourage you to develop your own interests, and they will talk with you about future goals, so that your time here is tailored around what you hope to achieve. Our MA graduates have gone on to do so many remarkable things: they are novelists and poets; English teachers; journalists; nonprofit pioneers; digital content strategists; technical writers—the list goes on. We are so proud of our students and what they have accomplished, and we hope you will consider joining our supportive, collaborative community!

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Why UAB?

We are proud that UAB has been designated by the Carnegie Foundation as one of 51 national universities with both “Very High Research Activity” and “Community Engagement” and that Times Higher Education recently named UAB as the No. 1 young university in the United States. Our English department features small classes and attentive faculty.

At UAB you will work with faculty who are excellent teachers and mentors and also recognized experts in their fields. Our faculty includes many professors who publish and present their scholarship in venues all over the world. Many of our graduates have attended prestigious Ph.D. and M.F.A. programs; others have gone on to careers in publishing, technical writing, and advertising and to successful teaching careers; and still others—thanks to their skills in writing, analysis, and communications—have embarked on careers in human resources and customer relations, in database and library.

How to Apply

How to Apply

Choosing an Advisor

Choosing an Advisor

Financial Support

Financial Support

Want More Information?

Please explore our program and admissions requirements. If you have questions, contact Dr. Rebecca Bach, graduate program director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (205) 934-8594. To receive additional information about the program, complete the form below.