The Master of Arts in Storytelling is one of a select few fully accredited graduate programs in Professional and Applied Storytelling in the United States. ETSU offers an M.A. degree in Reading / Storytelling with a Concentration in Storytelling, with either a thesis option (30 hours) or a non-thesis option (36 hours). Second master's degree programs can also be arranged with as few as 21 or 24 credit hours, thesis and non-thesis.
Located in Johnson City, Tennessee, on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, ETSU is a regional university in the heart of traditional storytelling country. Neighboring Jonesborough is home to the National Storytelling Festival, a seminal venue for contemporary storytelling in the USA, as well as the National Storytelling Network and International Storytelling Center, two preeminent professional storytelling organizations.
Students in the ETSU Storytelling Program may concentrate on performance skills for the sake of their present or intended professional storytelling career, or they may focus on aspects of applied storytelling, to enhance their roles as teachers, ministers, counselors, community workers, corporate trainers, healers, parents, grandparents, or any combination thereof.