The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences offers students a traditional liberal education to meet the needs of the 21st century, allowing them to compete for a variety of careers in an increasingly complex and evolving world.

Graduate Programs


Master of Liberal Arts in English

Auburn University at Montgomery offers a Master of Liberal Arts degree, which can be used in many different ways. For some, earning an MLA means a raise or a promotion. For others, it means improving your marketability and preparation for a doctoral program. Still others choose this degree simply for personal enrichment.

AUM’s Master of Liberal Arts program is the only interdisciplinary master’s degree program in the state of Alabama, offering specialized classes in the various liberal arts disciplines, including English. Students take core classes in the program and then focus on their chosen disciplines, and they complete the program by writing and defending a thesis in their discipline.

Our MLA professors all practice in the field in which they instruct, bringing real-world experience and practical insights as they lead students in their coursework. There are no additional undergraduate courses required beyond an accredited undergraduate degree to qualify for acceptance into our MLA program.

For more information, please contact Dr. Eric Sterling, Director of the MLA Program, 341 Liberal Arts, at 334-244-3760 or

To learn more about this program, please visit the Master of Liberal Arts web page. 

Master of Teaching Writing 

Over the course of two years, students complete 30 credit hours and prepare a thesis and professional portfolio to complete this degree. In the first year, students may have the opportunity to work as writing consultants or research assistants. In the second year, students are given the opportunity to teach in the Composition Program. For the Certificate of Teaching Writing program, students are required to take 18 credit hours with a bachelor’s degree and 15 credit hours with a previous master’s degree or higher. The certificate may be completed in a year.

For more information, to ask questions, or just have a conversation about what it takes to teach writing at the college level or in the community, please contact the program director, Dr. Shannon Howard at

To learn more about this program, please visit the Master of Teaching Writing web page. 
Core Courses in the MTW and CTW

Program Objectives

To provide students with opportunities to:
1. Develop the knowledge needed to support literacy learning in writing programs, to implement effective teaching strategies in composition;
2. Practice applying theory to contexts in teaching;
3. Experience composition and rhetoric as a multidisciplinary field by completing reading in composition theory, rhetorical theory, learning theory;
4. Gain familiarity and experience with a growing body of research focused on the learning process in acquiring literacy;
5. Enter in the professional conversation of scholarship in composition studies and rhetorical theory;
6. Acquire knowledge of the history of composition studies.

MTW and CTW Student Outcomes
After completing this course of study, students will be able to:
1. Design and develop materials appropriate to a range of instruction in writing for a range of student populations;
2. Apply theoretical knowledge of composition to writing instruction;
3. Select and use appropriate strategies for the development and practice of teaching writing;
4. Demonstrate knowledge of composition studies.

Why does America need students who have earned a MTW or CTW