The Department of English offers two graduate degrees through three unique courses of study designed to flexibly accommodate a variety of student interests and needs.
M.A. in English
Starting in Spring 2023, all of our MA courses will be offered in a variety of online formats. Students may pursue the Master of Arts in English through our online degree-granting program, which offers two concentrations: Literary and Cultural Studies and Professional Writing, all of which prepare students for careers in teaching, writing, and a wide variety of professional fields or further graduate study leading to the doctorate. Although all courses in this program may be taken online, students may have the option of taking certain credit hours in residency, all of which will count toward completion of the 33-hour degree.
M.F.A. in Creative Writing Residency Program
The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, offered through the Creative Writing Workshop (CWW), allows graduate students to pursue concentrations in fiction writing, nonfiction writing, playwriting, poetry writing, and screenwriting. Students in the residency program study nearly entirely on campus and must complete 45 hours of graduate coursework, six of which may be thesis work.
The Creative Writing Workshop Online MFA is our non-resident graduate program in fiction writing, nonfiction writing, and poetry writing, which culminates in the MFA degree. Online MFA students have the option to study in our summer residencies as well. Recently, students have studied in Cork, Ireland; Edinburgh, Scotland; and Ezra Pound's Brunnenburg Castle in Italy.