What will I learn?

The CSUSB Master of Arts in English Composition program has a new name and two new concentrations.

The new Masters of Art in English & Writing Studies program will continue to offer a strong interdisciplinary foundation in English studies along with our current concentrations in Applied Linguistics/TESL, Composition & Rhetoric, and Literature.

We add two exciting new interdisciplinary concentrations in Pedagogy and Public & Professional Writing.

Program Concentrations

The MA in English & Writing Studies is firmly grounded in theory and research, with a strong emphasis on pedagogy. The internship component gives students practical experience in the classroom or a professional writing site. Students also have opportunities to tutor in the Writing Center and to work as teaching assistants. In addition to teaching in local high schools and community colleges, our graduates also go on to Ph.D. and M.F.A. programs as well as careers involving writing, editing, and research.

Applied Linguistics & TESL

In this concentration, students explore various areas of language use, including grammar, sociolinguistics, discourse and cognition, and cross-cultural communication; as well as speech and language disorders; theories of first and second language acquisition; and approaches to English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL/EFL) instruction. The concentration courses give students experience with using multiple analytic lenses from linguistics that can be applied in practical contexts, including advertising/marketing, technical writing, health communication, law, speech-language pathology, bilingual/multilingual studies, and classroom pedagogy—essentially any field in which expertise in language is required.

Composition & Rhetoric

This concentration focuses on writing--how written texts work rhetorically and stylistically; how historical and social conditions affect what we write; how we construct meaning as we read; and how to teach people to write effectively.


This concentration combines the study of writing with advanced study in literature. Courses introduce students to a variety of contemporary critical approaches to literature (e.g., ecocriticism, critical race studies, disability studies, and postcolonial theory) that students can use to craft research projects in the periods and genres that interest them.


This new concentration is for students interested in pursuing scholarship on teaching and learning from an interdisciplinary perspective, allowing them to consider policy and pedagogical issues within the professional arenas in which they already work or would like to enter.

Public & Professional Writing

This new concentration is for students interested in developing portfolios and careers in writing for the public sphere and other civic and professional contexts such as grant writing, technical writing, and editing work.


  • Applied Linguistics & TESL
  • Composition & Rhetoric
  • Literature
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Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Letters

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$13,404.00 per year
The given fees includes non-resident tuition fee of USD $396/unit
Application deadline

15 December 2021

Start date

24 January 2022, 22 August 2022


College of Arts and Letters

University Hall, Room 237 (UH-237),



92407, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants who have obtained a earned a degree comparable to a U.S. Bachelor’s degree, you’re eligible to apply as a graduate student. GPA requirement: Have attained a grade-point average of at least 2.5 in the last 90 quarter (60 semester units) units attempted.

For international students

Specifically, a student shall at the time of enrollment: (1) have completed a four-year college course of study and hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association, or shall have completed equivalent academic preparation as determined by appropriate campus authorities; (2) be in good academic standing at the last college or university attended; (3) have earned a grade point average of at least 2.5 on the last degree completed by the candidate or have attained a grade point average of at least 2.5 (A=4.0) in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted

Applicants who do not possess a bachelor’s degree from a postsecondary institution in a country where English is the principal language of instruction must receive a minimum score of 575 (computer-based score of 233 or internet-based score of 90) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); or receive a minimum score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS);

Application Deadline: Spring: December 15th; Fall: July 15

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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