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MA in English in the Philippines

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Program Overview

The Master of Arts in English (MA-ENG) is a two-year graduate program that enhances the knowledge and skills of English major graduates on the theories and concepts of English language and literature studies. The program aims to produce graduates who are competent in the development of English instructional materials and the management of English programs.

Recommended Undergraduate Program

Students who wish to pursue a graduate degree in MA in English should currently be taking an undergraduate degree in the language field. However, students who are not currently taking an undergraduate program in those fields but still wish to pursue the program are encouraged to take at least 18 units of courses in the relevant fields.

Subjects and Curriculum

  • Practical Criticism Contemporary Philippine Literature

  • The Reading Process and the Teaching of Literature

  • Approaches and Trends in Language Education

  • Communication and Mass Media Studies

  • English for Science and Technology

  • Introduction to Linguistic Science

  • Advanced Composition Writing

  • Technical Report Writing

  • Methods of Research

  • Creative Writing

  • Literary Forms

Admission Requirements


  • The student must have an undergraduate degree relevant to the program

  • An applicant with a degree not in line with the language field may still be admitted to the program as long as they take the pre-requisite courses. However, some colleges and universities admit any bachelor’s degree holders. 

  • The student must pass the Graduate Admissions Test of the university

Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Transcript of records (Original and Photocopy)

  • Recommendation letters from former professors, deans, or colleagues

  • Letter of intent

  • Most recent medical and dental health record

  • Copy of NSO Certified birth certificate

  • Copy of undergraduate diploma

  • (1) Latest 2”x2”ID Picture

Areas of Specialization

  • Literary and Cultural Studies

  • Rhetoric

  • Creative Writing

  • Media Studies

  • Linguistics

Program Outcome

Graduates of MA in English are expected to be able to:

  • Fluently, accurately, and creatively communicate in English in a diverse social, cultural, academic, and professional settings

  • Effectively participate in oral communications where language systems may vary

  • Produce well-written texts for different academic and professional purposes

  • Apply research skills in writing cultural texts

  • Analyze and criticize literary works from different historical periods and genre

Board Exam

The MA in English does not have a board examination. However, graduates may opt to take the Civil Service Examination (CSE) conducted by the Philippine Civil Service Commission (PCSC) to qualify in working in government offices. Some graduates opt to take a Doctorate degree to further gain expertise in the industry. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates of MA in English may pursue a career path in educational institutions, publishing companies, production houses, government agencies, or privately-owned companies. They may apply as an English tutor, academician, department head, communications specialist, book author, editor-in-chief, article writer, or a researcher.

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