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Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

» Master of Arts in English

The Master of Arts in English at Chapman University’s Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences is designed for students seeking continuing education, a foundation for doctoral work (Ph.D., Ed.D., JD) and/or a credential qualifying them to teach literature and composition courses at junior and community colleges. Full-time students complete the degree in two years. All graduate classes are offered in the late afternoon or evening.

Why Get an MA in English at Chapman University? 

  • Small seminars in literature, rhetoric and composition, cultural studies and digital humanities to deepen and develop your skills in research and analysis.
  • Literary events that bring national/international authors to campus and literature to life such as the John Fowles Center Literary Arts Reading Series every spring, the Tabula Poetica Reading Series every fall, and Pub(lishing) Crawl in April.
  • The Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) program allows select second-year students to earn valuable teaching experience as the instructor of record for our undergraduate English Composition courses.
  • Flexible scheduling with classes offered in late afternoon and evening and part-time options so you don’t have to put your life on hold and can earn your degree at your own pace.
  • Welcoming to in-service teachers seeking additional credentials as well as undergraduate students interested in building a foundation for doctoral work or law school.
Alumni Highlight
Allie Vernon, MA '20
“The MA in English at Chapman University was a rich and rewarding educational experience. Not only did I grow as a scholar, but I also developed important relationships with professors and peers in my field that proved fruitful for future career opportunities.”
Faculty Highlight
Dr. Ian Barnard
Courses taught: Rhetoric and Composition, Queer Studies
Faculty Highlight
Dr. Rei Magosaki
Courses taught: Multicultural Literatures of the U.S., Asian-American Literature, U.S. Fiction after 1950, Contemporary U.S. literature, American Short Stories, Japanese Literature in Translation.
Faculty Highlight
Dr. Lynda Hall
Courses taught: Introduction to Fiction, Literature into Film, Jane Austen studies

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Contact Us

Mark Axelrod, Ph.D.
Director, MA in English

David Krausman
Graduate Programs Coordinator
(714) 516-7116

Shannon Morris Alvarez
Graduate Admission Counselor
(714) 628-2884

For additional admission information, please contact:
Office of Graduate Admission
888-CU-APPLY or (714) 997-6711

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Application Deadlines

Apply now using the Online Application. Submit your application and all supporting documents by the deadline listed below. 

Applications received after these deadlines will be considered on a rolling basis as space is available.

  • For Fall Semester: February 1
  • For Spring Semester: November 1