Graduate Studies in English English
M.F.A. in Creative Writing

The Department of English at the University of New Orleans offers the Master of Arts, which prepares students for careers in teaching or writing or for further graduate study leading to the doctorate. It also offers an interdepartmental Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. (M.F.A. inquiries should be directed to the Creative Writing Workshop Director.) Both programs draw upon the same faculty of scholars and creative writers holding degrees from institutions throughout the country. The programs also draw from the same set of courses; the department offers approximately 35 courses carrying graduate credit during regular semesters and 8 during the summer semester.


The Master of Arts program features advanced study in British and American literature, in professional writing and editing, and in rhetoric and pedagogy.  The program requires students to complete one of four areas of concentration.

American LiteratureAmerican Literature
This concentration enriches the student’s understanding of a national literature and can serve as a stepping stone for a Ph.D. in literary studies.

British LiteratureBritish Literature
Like the American Literature concentration, British Literature gives students an understanding of the national literature and preparation for a doctorate.

Professional WritingProfessional Writing
The Professional Writing concentration accommodates those who plan to pursue careers outside education in professional or creative writing.

The Teaching concentration is designed for those who wish to teach at the community college level and for elementary and secondary school teachers.

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Nearly 80 students are currently pursuing an M.A. degree in English. Many work off-campus and pursue degrees part-time; to accommodate them, the department regularly schedules courses in the late afternoon and evening. Most students hold undergraduate degrees in English, but students with degrees in other fields may be admitted upon condition that they take necessary background courses.


The Master of Arts program is sufficiently flexible to accommodate a range of academic interests and to help prepare students for several different career paths. Most of our graduates have gone on to choose one of four options: to pursue the doctoral degree; to teach in secondary schools, junior colleges, colleges, and universities; to undertake further professional training, most often in law; or to work as professional or technical writers.

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Have Questions?

Robert Shenk, Ph.D.
Coordinator of Graduate Studies  M.A. Program
Phone: 504-280-5415

Mr. Milton O'Neal Walsh 
Director of Creative Writing Workshop
M.F.A. Program
Phone: 504-280-3133