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5 Careers to Consider with a Graduate Degree in English & Humanities

Posted by Paige MacMorland on Feb 14, 2019 9:50:00 AM

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It’s a common misconception that an English degree will prepare you for just one career: And that career is teaching. While that’s a popular path for many graduates with a master’s in English & Humanities, it’s certainly not the only one.

This versatile graduate degree will prepare you for a variety of careers that need critical thinkers and creative communicators.

A graduate degree in English can provide many professional opportunities, especially here in the D.C. area. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of five exciting career paths you should consider if you’re pursuing an M.A. in English & Humanities.

Check out our digital Guide to Getting a Master's in English and Humanities  for more information on earningan M.A. in English & Humanities at Marymount!

1. Journalism and News Media

A graduate degree in English hones your research skills, helps you analyze complicated ideas, and develops your critical thinking skills. This specialized skill set uniquely prepares you for a successful career in journalism. You’ll write and research stories, investigate facts, and work on reports that revolve around the daily news cycle.

The D.C. area has countless media outlets that are constantly in need of good talent, so you’ll never be at a loss for professional opportunities in journalism and news media!

Note: Marymount's Master or Arts in English & Humanities also prepares students for writing in new media — not to be confused with news media — such as web content and social media. 

2. Writing and Publishing

Publications require advanced reading and writing skills. When you have a master’s in English, you’ve demonstrated an expertise in the understanding and use of language. That’s why publications (both print and online) look to hire those with master’s degrees in English & Humanities.

From technology groups and the federal government to museum journals and more, Washington D.C. is home to many publications in need of highly-educated writers who can tell a compelling story.

3. Counseling

There are many people who field drawn to the field of counseling because they have a desire to help others while establishing themselves with a mission-driven career. A graduate program in English & Humanities enhances historical consciousness, fosters clear and critical thinking, and hones writing and presentation skills, which are all invaluable skills needed for future counselors.

4. Nonprofit Communications

Organizations everywhere need effective communicators. And when you have a graduate degree in English, you’ve shown that you can communicate clearly and concisely. If you’re an organized person that collaborates well, then you should consider applying your skills in English & Humanities to the nonprofit sector. You can use your education to help advance a cause you believe in, tell the organization’s story, and drive the conversation through strategic communication.

The U.S. is home to over 1.5 million nonprofits, according to a 2019 study by the National Center for Charitable Statistics, so you’ll have a variety of options and causes to work for if a career in the nonprofit sector is your goal.

5. Education and Tutoring

While teaching is a common career path, it’s one that can take a variety of forms if you have a master’s degree in English. You may choose to use this master’s degree as a springboard for pursuing your doctoral degree in English elsewhere. Secondary private schools and tutoring companies also look to hire English teachers with master’s degrees. So, if teaching is your true calling, you can find a career that’s just right for you.

If you're interested in working within the realm of education but don't necessarily see yourself teaching, you should consider working with educational publications, textbook and curriculum design, or testing companies. 

As you can see, an M.A. in English & Humanities can be the gateway for a variety of exciting careers. And when you pursue this degree in the D.C. area, you have even more opportunities to enhance your education with professional experience. We hope you'll request more information today to learn more.

For more information on the M.A. in English & Humanities offered at Marymount University — along with the career possibilities and skills you’ll earn with a degree in the humanities, we invite you to download our resource: A Guide to Getting a Master’s in English and Humanities.

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Posted by Paige MacMorland

Paige MacMorland is a Graduate Enrollment Coordinator at Marymount University. Paige received a B.A. in Public Affairs from Ohio State and is also currently enrolled in the Health Care Management graduate program at Marymount.

Topics: English & Humanities

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This blog is intended to help busy working professionals and recent college graduates to be informed about graduate school options. We explore various academic disciplines, professional development opportunities, and industry trends related to graduate education.

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