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The Master of Arts in English is designed for students seeking continuing education, a foundation for doctoral work (PhD, EdD, 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 this MA?

  • A wide range of small seminars in literature, rhetoric and composition, cultural studies and digital humanities.
  • Literary events that bring national/international authors to campus and literature to life.
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantships and innovative Graduate Assistantships for select students in the second year of study.
  • Flexible scheduling with classes offered in late afternoon and evening and part-time options.
  • Welcoming to in-service teachers seeking additional credentials as well as students interested in building a foundation for doctoral work or law school.
  • Our MA alums find employment in the fields of teaching, marketing and publishing and have gone on to pursue the PhD.

The culmination of each MA student's degree program is a thesis project in literature or rhetoric. For further information on degree prerequisites, admission requirements and a list of courses view the Graduate Course Catalog.

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Contact Us

Dr. Lynda Hall
English Department Chair
(714) 532-6091

Dr. Mark Axelrod
Director, MA in English

David Krausman
Graduate Programs Coordinator
(714) 516-7116

Sharnique Dow
Graduate Admission Counselor
(714) 997-6770

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