Live the life of the mind, book by book
The MA in English 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
- Literary periods
Earn additional graduate certificates in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Teaching English in Two-Year Colleges and Digital Humanities.
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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.
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 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.
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.
Submit an online application, official transcripts, a personal statement, and a sample of academic or professional writing.
You’ll take three core courses, five topics courses, and four electives, and complete either a capstone portfolio or thesis hours.
of 2016 graduates surveyed were employed or continuing their education within six months of graduation
The MA in English offers teaching internships and multiple career panels for graduate students
Study with recognized experts in the field
Study 19th century literature and print culture with Associate Professor Marcy Dinius, who received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for her work on African-American abolitionist David Walker’s “Appeal” (1829) and antebellum American print culture. Faculty in the MA in English program have diverse research interests and have authored, co-authored or edited numerous books, online resources and papers.
“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.”
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Alumni of the MA in English 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.
For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admission at (773) 325-7315 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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