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When and where are classes offered?

Most courses meet once weekly, Monday through Thursdays evenings; a limited number meet on Saturdays. This schedule allows students to work full- or part-time while they earn their degrees. Most classes are held at the Lincoln Park Campus, with a small number offered at DePaul's downtown Loop Campus. The Lincoln Park Campus is served by CTA Red, Brown, and Purple Line trains. The Loop Campus is accessible by all CTA and Metra lines.

How many classes should I take each quarter?

About half our students take two classes per quarter, and about half take one course per term. Some students will also take a class during one of the two summer sessions. Students taking two courses per quarter can complete the degree in two academic years. While some students manage three courses per quarter, this is a very demanding schedule and not recommended for most students, especially those who work during the day. Remember that students in the MA program are required to maintain an average of 3.0 or better in their course work.

How long are quarters?

There are three regular quarters in the academic year, extending from early September through early June; each quarter is ten weeks long, with an additional week for final exams. See the online schedule (it can be reached through Campus Connect for specific dates.

What kinds of financial aid are available?

The English department offers two kinds of financial aid:

Graduate Assistantships 
Each year the department awards a number of non-teaching assistantships to students in the MA in English and the MA in Writing and Publishing programs. Graduate assistants work as departmental assistants, consultants in the University Writing Center, or editorial assistants for the journal Poetry East. They receive a stipend and tuition waivers for up to eight graduate courses during the year (up to 12 courses over two years if the award is renewed). Applications for assistantships are usually due on January 15.

Partial Tuition Scholarships 
The department also awards a limited number of partial tuition scholarships to students in the MA in English and MA in Writing and Publishing programs. Deadlines for applying for a partial tuition waiver are announced each quarter; awards are based on the student's academic record and financial need.

 For information about loans and other aid assistance, contact DePaul's Office of Financial Aid.

Where should I send my application materials?

ALL application materials should be sent to the following address:

Office of Graduate Admission
College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
2400 N. Sheffield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614

Application materials, can also be emailed to the Office of Graduate Admission includes colleges and universities that issue official electronic transcripts). Please make sure your name is on all documents.  Letters of recommendation must be emailed directly from the recommender as an attached pdf document on letterhead with the recommender's signature.

When are the application deadlines for admission?

Because DePaul has rolling admissions, we accept applications all year round; however, we suggest that students submit their applications ten weeks prior to the quarter in which they hope to enroll.Those students who wish to apply for graduate assistantships should submit their admissions materials no later than January 15.

What are the requirements for earning an MAE or MAWP with distinction?

​The minimum cumulative grade point average needed to earn an M.A. in Writing and Publishing with distinction is 3.85.

The minimum cumulative grade point average needed to earn an M.A. in English with distinction is 3.85. However, MAE students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 but who earned the rating of "Pass with Distinction" on either their Capstone Portfolio or their Thesis are also eligible for a degree with distinction.


Because the printing deadline for the annual Commencement Ceremony booklet falls before the deadline for submitting Spring Quarter grades, only those students who apply for Spring Degree Conferral and who have the minimum cumulative grade point average listed above at the end of the Winter Quarter will be listed in the booklet as having earned a degree with distinction. However, those students who meet the above requirements when grades are submitted for the Spring Quarter will have their degrees conferred with distinction, which will be reflected on their diploma and on their transcripts.

For more information about Spring Degree Conferral with distinction, please contact Ms. Jan Hickey, Assistant Director of Graduate Programs in English, at or at 773-325-4635.