Frequently Asked Questions
› Why would I want a Master's as well as a Bachelor's degree?
› How does the workload compare?
› Will I have to go into significant debt for this?
› What do graduates of Tennessee Tech's M.A. program go on to accomplish?
Why would I want a Master's as well as a Bachelor's degree?
Pursuing an advanced degree will expand your base of knowledge, help you gain worthwhile research experience, set you apart when searching for jobs, potentially increase your salary, and put you one step closer to a terminal degree. Check out some of these articles for more information:
- Is a Master's in English Worth It? (DegreePlanet.com)
- What to Expect When You Receive a Master's in English (MastersinEnglish.org)
- 16 Jobs You Can Pursue with a Master's Degree in English (Indeed.com)
How does the workload compare?
Graduate classes are demanding because they involve more focused, specific, and challenging creative, interpretive, and analytical skills, just as upper division classes require more mental investment than general education classes. Our students are passionate about their subjects, and view the experience of delving deeply into a topic as a feature of the degree, not a bug.
Will I have to go into significant debt for this?
Not necessarily. While graduate credits are more expensive than undergraduate credits, our program offers Graduate Teaching Assistantships that cover tuition costs and provide a modest living stipend.
What do graduates of Tennessee Tech's M.A. program go on to accomplish?
Our alumni have continued their education at the following Ph.D. programs, M.F.A. programs, and law schools:
- California College of the Arts, M.F.A. in Writing
- Louisiana State University, Ph.D. in English
- Middle Tennessee State University, Ph.D. in English
- Nashville School of Law
- Northern Illinois University, Ph.D. in English
- Old Dominion University, M.F.A. in Creative Writing
- Purdue University, Ph.D. in English
- Tennessee Tech University, Ph.D. in Exceptional Learning
- University of Arizona, Ph.D. in English
- University of Florida, Ph.D. in English
- University of Georgia, Ph.D. in Linguistics
- University of Louisville, Ph.D. in English
- University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
- University of Tennessee, PhD.. in English
Alumni have also established these careers in these roles:
- Attorney and Law Journal Editor
- Chess Education Consultant
- Communications Coordinator for a Nonprofit Research Organization
- High School Teacher
- Legislative Auditor and CPA
- Publishing Salesperson
- University Professor (many!)
- University Academic Advisor
More questions? Contact the Director of Graduate Studies.