Graduate Programs


MA Concentrations: Composition; Creative Writing; Literature

In general, the M.A. degree in each of its concentrations seeks to enhance students' skills in: critical reading; analysis of language; ideas, and the formal attributes of texts; creative engagement with the writing traditions of its three disciplinary fields; and independent research.

The three concentrations of the English M.A. offer preparation for students who aspire: to teach writing or literary study in high-school or community-college settings; to teach English to adult learners and to students abroad; to pursue career opportunities in fields such as journalism, publishing, law, technical and creative writing, advertising, arts administration, or civil service; or to pursue study at the doctoral level.

Because many graduate students work during the day, most graduate courses are scheduled for late afternoon and evening hours.

Admission as a classified graduate student in English requires:

  • a baccalaureate degree;
  • a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the last 60 units and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in courses in the English major as listed on the transcript from the degree granting institution;
  • a minimum of 27 units of upper division courses in English;
  • (for foreign students from non-English speaking countries) a TOEFL score of 600 or higher (or a score of 250 or higher on the Computerized TOEFL) and a score of 5 on the Test of Written English; and
  • SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS DEPENDING ON CONCENTRATION. Please view catalog description or visit department web site for details.

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Visit English Department web site.

Visit College of Arts and Letters web site.