English Department


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Deadline to Apply for Spring 2020: November 15, 2019

Deadline to Apply for Fall 2020: July 15, 2020

M.A. in English Literature
M.A. in English Literature, Rhetoric and Composition
M.A. in English TESL
Visit the Graduate Admissions website for an Admissions Checklist and information on how to apply.
Admissions applications can be submitted online through Cal State Apply.
For more information on the programs contact:
Dr. Debra Best for Literature dbest@csudh.edu
Dr. Ed Zoerner for TESL ezoerner@csudh.edu


It was the best decision that I've ever made in my entire career as an English teacher. The program deepened my knowledge about the English language and provided me with ready-to-use teaching techniques at the same time. Friendly and supportive faculty is an extra benefit!

-Jungah Kim (MA TESL, December 2018)

It was a tough decision to pursue my Master's degree. It takes time and money, and I hadn't been in school for almost a decade. But from my first interactions with the MA TESL faculty at Dominguez Hills, I knew I had made the right decision. It was a deeply satisfying experience from start to finish. I loved the classes, the faculty, my fellow students, and the Dominguez Hills campus. The program prepared me for a career teaching ESL and English at the college level and I had several job offers immediately upon graduating. Pursuing my Master's in TESL at Dominguez Hills turned out to be the best decision I ever made.

-Paloma Duran (MA TESL, May 2018)

"I originally chose CSUDH because of evening classes and the convenient location. However, after graduation, what continues to stand out is the passion and professionalism of several marvelous professors. Their willingness to share their academic expertise inspired me to learn and grow both inside and outside of the classroom. I finished the program with greater confidence in my ability to write, new skills for teaching, and a broadened understanding of both history and theory. This has led to a transformation of my professional life. I have started teaching at the college level where I enjoy the opportunity to share what I learned with a variety of students in both Composition and Literature classes."

-Susan Garman, M.A. 2006

"My tenure as a student in the English Master's program at CSUDH was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. The faculty really care - about their discipline and about their students - and the positive, nurturing atmosphere engendered in me the belief that my ideas were valuable, that I could make a difference, that I could become a teacher. The benefits of the program are not only material; while I have been working steadily in the community college system since receiving my degree, and realized my dream of publishing a novel, I continue to reap the intangible remards of mentorship, friendship and collegial support, and this has kept me going through the inevitable touch times."

-Alex S. Johnson, M.A. 2005

The English faculty at CSUDH set an example of conscientious scholarship, compassionate teaching, and collegiality that prepared me well for the rigors of a PhD program. Starting a doctoral program with my Master's degree from CSUDH also gave me the confidence to succeed in my research and also to apply for, and ultimately win, fellowships such as the Bancroft Library Study Award at UC Berkeley and as a finalist for the UC President's Postdoctoral Fellowship. Soon I will be starting a new position as an assistant professor of multi-ethnic literature at California State University, Sacramento. I can honestly say that the individual attention, genuine encouragement, and intellectual mentoring I received at CSUDH gave me the confidence to pursue and attain my dreams."

- Hellen Lee, May 1999