Study with award-winning faculty in one of the most dynamic of English departments. In tandem with an expansive internship program, fulfill your interests and goals with coursework in pan-humanities areas as diverse as environmental studies, film analysis, linguistics, medieval culture and young adult literature. Primarily face-to-face, the program offers one track online.
Degree Awarded: MA English
The MA program in English allows for a variety of transdisciplinary studies within five distinct tracks:
Comparative literature --- Students interpret cultural productions in English and at least one other language, and they explore approaches ranging from textual criticism, critical theory and translation to cultural studies and the social sciences.
Creative writing -- Students in the accelerated BA/MA creative writing track strengthen their artistic practice by participating in intensive creative writing workshops in either fiction or poetry, alongside the study of contemporary literature and innovative creative techniques.
English studies --- Students in this track learn how to interpret and articulate complex cultural, historical, literary and language related ideas into accessible material for general audiences through a series of courses from across disciplinary areas of study.
Literature --- Students develop and hone skills in oral presentation, writing and critical thinking while exploring social, historical and cultural contexts.
Writing, rhetorics and literacies --- This program offers students a wide array of courses encompassing the history, theory and practice of rhetoric and pedagogy of writing.
Required Core (3 credit hours)
ENG 501 Approaches to Research (3)
A student may pursue a track in comparative literature, English studies, literature, or writing, rhetorics and literacies. The creative writing track is available only for students in the accelerated BA/MA creative writing track program. All tracks have a foreign language requirement.
Comparative Literature Track
one course in concept and methods (course in comparative literature, criticism or translation)
four courses in a language other than English
Creative Writing Track
ENG 594 Conference and Workshop: Fiction (3) or
ENG 594 Conference and Workshop: Poetry (3)
ENG 538 Studies in Modern and Contemporary American Literature (3) or
ENG 539 Studies in Modernist and Postmodernist Literature and Theory (3)
electives or research courses
ENG 584 Internship (3)
English Studies Track
one course in linguistics
one course in literature
one course in writing, rhetorics and literacies
one course in English education
electives or research courses
one course in literary theory
a distribution requirement
two courses selected must be graduate seminars at the 600 level
Writing, Rhetorics and Literacies Track
one course in composition theory
one course in rhetoric theory
electives, which must include six credit hours of graduate seminars at the 600 level
Culminating Experience (3 or 6 credit hours)
ENG 593 Applied Project (3) or
ENG 597 Graduate Capstone Seminar (3) or
ENG 599 Thesis (6)
Additional Curriculum Information
Students should see the academic unit for an approved course list.
The capstone culminating experience option is available to students in the English studies track only. Students in this track must take the capstone. Students in one of the other tracks may select an applied project or thesis for the culminating experience.
Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00= "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00= "A") in an applicable master's degree program.
All applicants must submit:
- graduate admission application and application fee
- official transcripts
- statement of purpose
- resume or curriculum vitae
- three letters of recommendation
- academic writing sample relevant to the field
- proof of English proficiency
Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency. Students should see the Department of English website for specific details about English proficiency requirements.
Applicants for the master's degree program in English with a track in comparative literature must prove fluency in a foreign language to a level sufficient for graduate study. The one- to two-page, single-spaced statement of purpose should detail the applicant's background, reasons for wanting to do graduate work in comparative literature, and plans for the future.
Applicants for the master's degree program in English with a track in creative writing must be undergraduate students in the creative writing concentration at ASU and approved to enter the accelerated program. The one- to two-page statement of purpose should detail the applicant's background, reasons for wanting to do graduate work in creative writing, and their plans for the future.
Applicants for the master's degree program in English with a track in English studies (the online program) are required to submit two academic or professional letters of recommendation; a third recommendation is optional. An academic writing sample is not required. The two-page, single-spaced statement of purpose should explain how the applicant's academic and professional interests fit with the English studies track of the Master of Arts in English. Applicants with undergraduate majors in English, foreign language, history, philosophy, liberal studies or other areas in humanities are considered.
Applicants for the master's degree program in English with a track in literature are required to have an undergraduate major in English. Those who do not have a major in English are encouraged to register as nondegree students while they take supplementary courses, as identified by the advisor. The one- to two-page, single-spaced statement of purpose should detail the applicant's background, reasons for wanting to do graduate work in literature, and plans for the future.
Applicants for the master's degree program in English with a track in writing, rhetorics and literacies may have undergraduate majors in fields such as anthropology, cognitive science, communication, comparative languages and literatures, education, English literature, history, law, modern languages, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, rhetoric or composition, sociology, or speech and hearing science. The one- to two-page, single-spaced statement of purpose should detail the applicant's background, reasons for wanting to do graduate work in writing, rhetorics and literacies, and plans for the future.
Flexible Degree Options
Accelerated program options
This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years.
It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with:
Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.
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