Four 2-year MAs | One 3-year MFA
Innovative & Engaged
Our MA and MFA fields of study speak to our core values: academic excellence; innovative instruction; a collaborative, creative, and engaged learning environment; and commitment to the professional success of each student. We offer four different two-year graduate programs and a three-year MFA within the English Department.
Why pursue an MA or MFA at CSU?
CSU is for you if any of the following statements identify you. You are looking for small programs that allow individualized attention to students. You want to study with nationally and internationally recognized faculty and programs. You are seeking a strong community of scholars and teachers engaged in interdisciplinary work and devoted to supporting graduate education. You want robust professional development opportunities including career support workshops and colloquia, internships, teaching opportunities, and certificate programs. You are seeking a nationally recognized GTA program. You’d prefer a campus is located in a vibrant small city committed to fostering active engagement with the arts and humanities through public art, speaker series, first Friday celebrations, social action and poetry slams.
(TEFL/TESL) Graduate Student Association
The purpose of the TESL/TEFL GSA is “to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and raise awareness about the field of TESL/TEFL in the Colorado State University community and the greater Fort Collins community.” An annual event of the TESL/TEFL GSA is “TESL/TEFL Advocacy,” which takes place during the Spring semester. This event offers students with an opportunity to conduct events on and off campus to advocate for the field of TESL/TEFL and English language learners. Past speakers who have delivered talks during this event have been Dana Ferris, Andrew Cohen, Eli Hinkel, Rebecca Field, and Paul Matsuda. Family Literacy Night has been the most successful off-campus event.
Within the Department there are a number of extra-curricular activities. There's our stellar Center for Community Literacy, which does outreach education at the Larimer County Correctional Facility, or The Strophe Project, working with our local homeless population. Or the Literacy Through Prose and Poetry initiative that teaches creative writing to 4th through 8th graders in the Poudre School District. And there's OGSW, the Organization of Graduate Student Writers, there to represent graduate students and facilitate student engagement. Whatever your interests, we think you'll find opportunities and support during your time at CSU. And it doesn't stop when the semester ends. Fort Collins is humming all year round, with summers packed with activities and events. We think you'll find a friendly home at CSU. Students routinely gush about their time in "the Fort," and with five undergraduate concentrations and six graduate programs (five MA and one MFA), you'll find a built-in community of engaged scholars, writers and teachers, as well as plenty of alumni to share their experiences. The English Department at CSU in Fort Collins is a lively nest from which to grow.
Benefits of an Internship
"I personally felt like CSU’s program reached out to me instead of vice versa. I had made connections before I even began the program with both faculty and other students thanks to the English Department’s accepted-graduate student day, and it felt like home. CSU was the clear choice for my graduate education, offering ongoing opportunities for funding smaller endeavors like conference travel, as well as options for funding the degree through internships of all kinds. I’ve worked harder than I’ve ever worked, and I’ve had the most fun at the same time—I can’t say that about anything else!”
~Joni Hayward, MA English: Literature
"Eight short months into my MFA in Creative Writing, I can say with conviction that I am a radically altered poet and thinker, led by faculty and peers both to new vantages as to new fathoms. My time here affords me a deeply considered, even ethical understanding of the real work of the poem that has moved me out of the sole limits of the written word into the world itself.”
~Kylan Rice, MFA: Creative Writing