M.A. in English

The Master of Arts in English program delivers a quality graduate program in a flexible format that includes both face-to-face and online courses.  Enjoy small class sizes, work with award-winning faculty, and design a program that fits your own interests, strengths, and personal and professional goals.  The program provides an academic foundation suitable for a wide range of careers in areas such as professional writing, editing, administration, technology, and management. Graduates interested in post-secondary teaching options will be qualified to teach full- or part-time in community colleges and in four-year colleges and universities and to teach dual-credit courses in high schools.

Program Features

  • A regionally available, affordable IU graduate degree
  • Face to face and online courses available
  • An individualized program designed to suit your needs
  • Only two required courses with additional courses chosen to complete 36 credit hour program
  • Engaged faculty with diverse teaching, research, and creative interests

Contact Us

Dr. Edwina Helton

Director of Graduate Programs, English


Whitewater Hall 269


Master of Arts in English Admission


The Master of Arts in English is designed for students who performed well academically in undergraduate programs in English, Communication, Humanities, or related fields. A BA with a 3.0 or higher is required for admission to the MA in English. A graduate degree can enhance your career opportunities in many fields as well as develop your intellectual advancement. Our admissions process balances your undergraduate performance with your writing samples and future aspirations in our program along with recommendations from faculty.

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis; however, prospective students must apply by April 15 for fall admittance of the same year.

Application packets will require:

1. Application fee (this will be paid online during the online application process)

2. Resume (this will be submitted as an attachment to the online application)

3. Official transcripts (to be mailed to the attention of Dr. Edwina Helton)

4. Three Recommendation Letters (e-mail notices with instructions will automatically be sent to those indicated in the online application once the application is submitted)

5. Two Candidate Essays (to be emailed directly to Dr. Edwina Helton)

  • Writing Sample – A 5 to 10 page writing sample from an undergraduate or graduate course which uses MLA documentation.
  • Statement of Purpose – A statement of 200-300 words focused on your purpose for undertaking or continuing graduate study, your reasons for wanting to study at Indiana University East, and your research interests, professional plans, and career goals. You also may explain any special circumstances applicable to your background and elaborate on your scholarly publications, awards, achievements, abilities, and/or professional history.

6. Online Application Form – see link below


Master of Arts in English Overview

  • Are you interested in enhancing your knowledge of literature, creative writing, or composition and rhetoric?
  • Are you ready to engage with language, texts, and theory more critically than ever before?
  • Are you seeking to advance your professional career by earning a graduate degree? 

IU East’s M.A. in English program may be just what you are searching for!    

What is Unique about IU East’s Master of Arts in English Program? 


In consultation with faculty, students will select the courses best suited to their goals from among literature, creative writing, or composition and rhetoric.    


The IU East Department of English faculty has strengths in creative writing, boasting published faculty in fiction writing, poetry, and creative nonfiction, as well as in composition and rhetoric, and literature with strong records in publishing, serving on national boards, and contributing to these fields in other prominent ways benefitting graduate students. 


Students in our region can pursue a graduate English degree close to home with unique small class size education and the opportunity to work closely with faculty on campus. We also offer courses online to suit your schedule. 


The 36-credit program offers full-time or part-time completion plans.

The M.A. in English program is formatted for both on-campus learning and online—with the same great student-teacher ratio and support.

What to do with a Master of Arts in English degree? 


The Master of Arts in English enhances opportunities for work in a number of professional positions:

  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Communications
  • Technology
  • Administration

Professionals will strengthen their skills with a Master of Arts in English:

  • The need for a qualified workforce that is professionally prepared with graduate school training is on the rise nationally.
  • The ability to communicate well and write professionally continues to be among top criteria for potential employees. 

The Master of Arts in English provides graduates with the credential of a Master of Arts in English required to teach English:

  • In community colleges
  • In four-year colleges
  • Dual credit courses in high schools

Preparation for PhD Programs

The M.A. in English will also provide a basic credential for applicants to graduate and professional programs requiring a master’s degree.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an application deadline?

Although applications will be received on an ongoing basis, for fall admissions applications must be received by April 15.

Will my graduate credit from another institution transfer?

Up to 8 semester credit hours may be applied towards your degree. 28 hours must be earned at IU East to earn the MA in English.

Do I need to take the GRE?

No. The GRE is not required at this time.

Is an undergraduate degree in English required?

The IU East Master of Arts in English is designed for individuals who performed well academically in English, Communication, Humanities or other related fields. Individual assessment will be used to determine any additional academic preparation needed.

Can I give you my transcripts?

We must have official transcripts – the unbroken seal of the institution’s registrar is essential if you hand deliver transcripts. Opened transcripts will not be accepted. Transcripts should be sent to Margaret Thomas Evans.

Is there a minimum GPA that must be maintained while in the program?

Students who maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and earn a grade of B- or better in all courses will be considered in good standing.

Is financial aid available?

Contact the Financial Aid office at 765-973-8206 or toll free 800959-EAST

Fax 765-973-8288 or email eaosfa@iue.edu