Clemson Graduate School

Clemson Graduate School


General Information

Degrees Offered


Clemson University’s Master of Arts in English offers a comprehensive approach to literary studies, incorporating exploration of literary texts and theory, examination of textuality and modes of publication, and a foundation in methods of research and scholarship.  Through coursework, close interactions with faculty, and individual research projects, students infuse their broad understanding of the field of English studies with their own particular literary interests and concerns. The curriculum offers courses in theory, literary periods and genres, film, new media, creative writing, cultural studies, and rhetoric. The MAE program serves three types of students: those who plan to pursue graduate studies in literature or creative writing at the doctoral level; those aiming to teach in high schools, community colleges, and technical colleges; and those who want to enrich their background in English studies, develop research and writing skills, and continue their intellectual experience beyond the baccalaureate.

About the Program

For additional information, please contact the program coordinator (Kimberly Manganelli)

Application Requirements


Admission requirements include: a baccalaureate degree from an accredited undergraduate college or university; acceptable scores on the verbal, quantitative and writing sections of the GRE (applicants are encouraged but not required to submit scores for the Literature subject test); two letters of recommendations from individuals familiar with the candidate’s academic work and/or work experience; a brief statement of purpose in the form of intellectual biography, and including reasons for graduate study in English; a writing sample of 10-12 pages. Deadline: 1 February

Interested students may apply on the Web at Grad School Website

Additional Required Documents:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Writing Sample

Mail these documents to:
Associate Professor  Kimberly Manganelli , Program Coordinator
Department of English
807 Strode Tower
Clemson, SC 29634-0523

Also consult the program website

Required Documents

For additional information, please contact the program coordinator (Kimberly Manganelli)

Financial Aid

To see the proposed Graduate Tuition Rates for this academic year, click here.

The School or Program offers a number of graduate assistantships to students each year based on merit. These are offered in the form of stipends and the additional benefit of tuition remission. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester to qualify for a graduate assistantship and must work a minimum of 10 hours a week as a teaching or research assistant or perform other tasks assigned by the School or Program.

The Department of English currently offers a number of research and teaching assistantships to qualified applicants in the Department of English. Students receiving these assistantships do assigned research for faculty members, serve as editorial assistants, and/or teach introductory writing courses under the direct supervision of faculty members.

Course of Study

Program of Study

The program offers a thesis track, including 24 hours of coursework and 6 hours of thesis research

Current Program


Among the centers associated with the English department are the Center for Electronic and Digital Publishing (CEDP); the Clemson University Digital Press (CUDP); the

Multimedia Authoring, Teaching, and Research Facility (MATRF); and the Pearce Center for Professional Communication.

The Center for Electronic and Digital Publishing was created to develop, direct, and focus the academic publishing program in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities.

The Clemson University Digital Press is the college’s vehicle for the best scholarly, technological, and pedagogical research on issues that are of concern to the college, the community, and the state, defining ‘research’ to include “what has been built, created, performed, [or] written.’” The press generally publishes two books per annum, in addition to maintaining its flagship journals, the semiannual South Carolina Review, and the annual Shakespeare journal, The Upstart Crow.

Complete information on these centers and other department facilities is available at

Program Coordinator

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