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English Literature and Publishing (MA)

English Literature and Publishing (MA)
English Literature and Publishing (MA)

Live the life of the mind, book by book

The MA in English Literature and Publishing program provides an intensive knowledge of British and American English literature, as well as a robust set of skills in scholarship and criticism, allowing you to innovate in your chosen field. The program features rigorous training in

  • The history and structure of the English language
  • Literary criticism and theory
  • Analytical writing and research
  • Pedagogy
  • Literary periods

Earn additional graduate certificates in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Teaching English in Two-Year Colleges and Digital Humanities.

Our flexible program can be completed in two years. You may also take longer or advance more quickly depending on credit load. Classes are offered weekday evenings on the Lincoln Park Campus.

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Gain real-world experience

You’ll have access to significant on-the-job experience in a variety of fields, including research, education, law and corporate communications, as well as writing, editing and publishing. English Literature and Publishing MA students have interned for book publishers, literary agencies, magazines, museums, public relations firms, theatres and television companies; they have also worked with poets, novelists, nonfiction writers and professors on various book projects.

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, though we encourage you to submit your materials 10 weeks prior to the quarter in which you wish to enroll.
To be considered for a graduate assistantship, apply by January 15.

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, official transcripts, a personal statement, and a sample of academic or professional writing.

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Required Courses

You'll take two professional development courses, five English literature courses, and five electives, and you have the option of a thesis​.

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of 2018 graduates surveyed were employed or continuing their education within six months of graduation

The MA in English Literature and Publishing offers teaching internships and multiple career panels for graduate students

Study with faculty with original initiatives

At DePaul, you'll have the opportunity to learn from faculty with a higher purpose. Co-founders of the publishing venture, Big Shoulders Books, and DePaul faculty Miles Harvey, Chris Green, and Michele Morano conceptualized the press with ambitious goals in mind. They aim to highlight the injustices in Chicago's society by providing readers with free books crafted by DePaul's graduate students.

“What really drew me to DePaul’s program was its balance between theory and practice. I felt that the structure of the degree, as well as the various certificate options, would prepare me both for an immediate career in the classroom and for future graduate studies.”

MA with TESOL certificate ’18


Alumni Network

Alumni of the MA in English Literature and Publishing have gone on to positions in teaching, writing, nonprofits and academia. And with a network of 8,900 fellow College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences master’s-level graduates in Chicago and beyond, you have a variety of opportunities to grow your professional and academic connections.

Scholarships & Aid

Graduate school is an investment in your future. Learn more about the financial aid and scholarship opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission at (773) 325-7315 or

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