Master of Arts in Composition

 

Coordinator

Mark Roberge
Email: roberge@sfsu.edu
Phone: (415) 338-7457
HUM 467

Description

As a Master of Arts (MA) student in San Francisco State University’s English Composition program, you will join a vibrant intellectual and scholarly community devoted to the study of written communication and the teaching of writing across multiple contexts.                        

In this program, you will find yourself in a dynamic learning environment, taking courses that change as the field develops, and in which you are not merely encouraged but expected to contribute both to knowledge in the field and to one another's growth. We offer demanding and challenging courses  conducted in a friendly, informal atmosphere. While students are expected to work to very high standards, you will receive close personal attention and support.

Your MA in English Composition will prepare you to teach writing in community college and university settings; administer writing programs; direct campus learning centers or writing centers; or pursue a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition or Writing Studies.

Requirements/Guidelines

Students of any undergraduate major may apply to the program.  Students who have not taken any linguistics courses as part of their undergraduate training are typically admitted conditionally and must complete a linguistics/language studies course during their first year in the program.

English 700: Introduction to Composition Theory

Issues of composition theory, research, and classroom practice. Introduction to graduate studies in Composition.

English 704: Pedagogical Grammar for Composition

Theory and practice of responding to linguistic, stylistic, and rhetorical issues in student writing.

English 709: Seminar in Teaching Integrated Reading and Writing

Exploration of the integration of reading and writing from both a theoretical and pedagogical perspective.

English 710: Course Design in Composition and Post-Secondary Reading

Theory and practice of designing post-secondary reading and composition courses. This course is offered only in Spring semesters. Prerequisite: English 709.

English 895: Field Study

Field study or research project incorporating application of knowledge and techniques acquired in the student's program of study. CR/NC grading only

Related Resources


Composition Graduate Admission Procedures

Get the information you need to apply to graduate studies at the University and in the English Department for your M.A. in Composition.

Fall 2017 Course Descriptions

Detailed Fall 2017 Course Descriptions

  • Undergraduate Writing Program Courses
  • English Education Program Courses
  • Composition Graduate Program Courses
  • Linguistics Program Courses
  • Literature Program Courses
  • MA TESOL Program Courses
  • Technical & Professional Writing Courses 

Current Class Schedule

See the department's class schedule for the semester.

  • English Education Program Courses
  • Composition Graduate Program Courses
  • Linguistics Program Courses
  • Literature Program Courses
  • MA TESOL Program Courses
  • Technical & Professional Writing Courses 

Student Testimonies

Hear from our very own alumni of our composition master's and certificate programs to find out how this degree helped them get to where they are today.

Career Options in Composition

  • Teaching composition and reading
  • Writing program administration
  • Learning center administration
  • Professional writing and consulting
  • Editing
  • Preparation for doctoral work in composition

Current Graduate Students Checklist

Information about obtaining classified status and tips for graduation.