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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 4-6 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 English Literature and Publishing graduates were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals 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

You’ll study with faculty who combine literature and computing, like John Shanahan. His city-wide “Reading Chicago Reading” digital humanities project examines the circulation and outreach of the Chicago Public Library’s “One Book, One Chicago” program. In collaboration with colleagues in DePaul’s library and CDM, he aims to create a toolset for libraries to understand reading behavior at a large scale. He has been awarded two national research grants for his work.

“I gained a strong background in literature, theory and digital humanities. I also took courses in the College of Communication, which assisted my research on fan studies. This has allowed me to position myself as a scholar in my current field. Professors were very supportive of my future research and connected me with influential scholars in my field who I now work with.”

Lauren (MA ’19)

Assistant Instructor, University of Texas at Austin

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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